Space Elevators

Exciting Technology that will Revolutionize Access to Space

Space Elevators Location

Laguna

Session Date and Time
Saturday, May 25 @ 2 pm - 6 pm

The discussions during this series of presentations focused upon the transformational access to space when permanent infrastructures are operational in the late 2030s.  Modern-Day Space Elevators are moving into their second phase of development and will enable the rise of new, exciting, and revolutionary endeavors at GEO, Cislunar, and beyond.  A newly expanded concept will change the equation for developments beyond Earth.  This revolutionary approach has three components:  1)  efficient delivery of supplies to the GEO and Apex Anchors for assembly into larger space systems (70% of liftoff mass to GEO and beyond), 2)  release towards the Moon (14 hours) and Mars (as little as 61 days) with very high velocities (7.76 km/sec), and, 3) “on time delivery” of logistics to destinations with the ability to release each day towards Mars (no 26 month wait for the next window) or beyond.  These transportation traits are inherent in a permanent infrastructure enabling commercial enterprises to accelerate their growth.  The complexities and difficulties of developing commercial and government activities in and around space will be moderated by stimuli for growth with routine, daily, efficient, safe, inexpensive and environmentally friendly permanent bridges to GEO and beyond. 

Space Elevators  Session Chair Info

President, International Space Elevator Consortium
Presentation Title: Modern-Day Space Elevators, Transformational Permanent Infrastructures

Peter A. Swan, Ph.D, is President of the International Space Elevator Consortium and leads teams to further the Space Elevator concepts. He is also a Senior Vice President for Galactic Harbour Associates. Dr. Swan is very active inside the National Space Society with leadership in each year’s International Space Development Conference, the Roadmap Document team, the SpacEdge Academy, and their Center of Educational Excellence on Space Elevators. Over 20 years he has published many books on space topics as author and/or co-editor. He is an Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has edited three major Cosmic Studies on Space Elevators and space mineral resources for the Academy. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree, and served 20 years in the Air Force with a variety of research and development positions in the space arena. Upon retirement in 1988, he joined Motorola on the Iridium satellite program. He lead the team responsible for the development of the Iridium spacecraft bus. In 1998, he helped develop Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. a company that teaches space systems engineering. His classes emphasized engineering know-how and management techniques to successfully develop space systems. He teaches at Arizona State University within OLLI. He is a fellow of both British Interplanetary Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Pete received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in Space Systems Engineering. A few of his books are: Road to the Space Elevator Era; Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward; Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmaps; Space Elevators are the Green Road to Space; and, Space Elevators are the Transportation Story of the 21st Century.

Space Elevators Presentation Speakers

Owner, Bartoszek Engineering
Presentation Title: Delivering Power to the Space Elevator Climber

Larry Bartoszek has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Welding Society, ASM International, the Chicago Society for Space Studies, the National Space Society, and the International Space Elevator Consortium. He is also a Space Ambassador for the NSS.
Larry worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1983 to 1993. He owns Bartoszek Engineering, a consulting firm which specializes in mechanical designs for the nuclear and high energy physics research community world-wide.

Director of Information Systems, NSS
Presentation Title: Vision to Reality: Explanation of NSS Goals

Dave Dressler has been a National Space Society (NSS) member since 1991. Dave volunteered to support the Intranational Space Development Conference in 2006, leading the tour group to Mojave Space Port and providing production support to ISDC ever since. In 2013, Dave chaired ISDC2013 in San Diego, CA.
In 2021, Dave took on the role of Director of Information Systems for NSS. Dave has been working in technology starting in 1980, as a mainframe computer operator in Milwaukee, WI. Dave was the first and last Technology Manager for the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) at the San Diego County Office of Education – and retired in June of 2014.
He was the founding director and program manager for the San Diego Space Society (2007-2014), an NSS Chapter. Dave has organized events for SD Space such as the San Diego Science Festival, SpaceUp, Yuri’s Night, and Sally Ride Science.

Dual Space Access Strategy
Presentation Title: Secretary and Member of Board of Directors, International Space Elevator Consortium

Jerry K. Eddy, Ph.D. is the International Space Elevator Consortium ‘s Board of Directors’ Secretary and the study lead (and editor of report) for the 2021 Study entitled “Space Elevators are the Green Road to Space.” He also was the editor for the ISEC study entitled “Leverage Dual Space Access Architecture: Space Elevators and Advanced Rockets.” Over his 42 years of teaching, he was Professor of Physics at Indiana University (in Pennsylvania) and Science Department Chair at The Stony Brook School in New York.

President, Space Railway Corporation

Steven Griggs held multiple positions in the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Northrop Grumman Advanced Technology Design Center, and Boeing Phantom Works. His 40-year career focused on the front end of business: basic research and development, technology development, product development, prototyping, proposal writing, funding pursuit, government contracting, project management, program management, and supplier coordination. Griggs participated on over 45 aircraft programs, developed and transitioned more than 1500 technologies. He developed the ideas, strategies, plans, program execution plans, development and execution teams, and transition planning into company operations. He currently is the president of his consulting firm and Space Railway Corporation.

Programming Intern, International Space Elevator Consortium
Presentation Title: Space Elevator Visualizer 1 (SEV 1)

Aidan Hurley-Kalici is a rising junior with the University at Buffalo. In high school, he developed a display for the solar system using python which accounted for over five hundred thousand objects with data provided by JPL Horizon. He also spoke at The Space Elevator Conference hosted by the International Space Elevator Consortium in August 2023. Once Aidan graduates with a degree in mechanical engineering, he hopes to continue his studies for a Master’s in aerospace engineering and a PhD in space engineering.

Adjunct Professor, ISEC
Presentation Title: Apex Anchor Study
Presentation Title: Planetary Defense
Presentation Title: Inter-Galactic Transportation System

Dr. Phister is the President of MANIAC Consulting and holds a professional engineering license in both software and electrical engineer from the State of Texas. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) located in Utica, NY. Additionally, Dr. Phister spent 25 years in the military (Lt Col, retired) where he worked primarily in space systems development, acquisition, and operations. Dr. Phister is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in information technologies, Command and Control (C2), net-centric and space operations.

Disruptive Innovation Consultant
Presentation Title: Space Train: A Novel Solution To Space Elevator Technology

Ned Popovich, Founder and CEO of Future Craft Innovations LLC, leads sustainable innovation, disrupting industries with breakthrough solutions. With 15+ years’ expertise at Bacardi, he established the first Asia Pacific R&D center and pioneered cellulosic conversion for “Tang” spirit drink. Recognized by NASA, Popovich blends creativity with sustainability to tackle global challenges. His multidisciplinary mastery spans science, product development, and strategic innovation, empowering companies in CPG, cannabis, medical, and space tech to drive market disruption while advancing society. Passionate about achieving the “impossible,” Popovich’s purpose-built approaches translate insights into game-changing products, leaving a positive impact on communities and the environment.

Vice President, International Space Elevator Consortium
Presentation Title: A State-of-the-Art Simulator for the Space Elevator
Presentation Title: Strong Materials for the Space Elevator: Status and Behavior at the Climber-Tether Interface

Dennis Wright is Vice President of the International Space Elevator Consortium. He is retired from the Stanford Linear Accelerator. His background is in high energy and nuclear physics and he continues to do simulations in that field. He also works on the materials and dynamics of the space elevator and has published several papers on the subject in Acta Astronautica and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.


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