Justification for construction of the space elevator is critical - to reason to build it and it won't be built. To this end, well defined applications are absolutely critical.
|Solar Power Satellites||Air Force write up, NASA report, JAXA Report, ESA Report, NAS Report, Kellum report File:SSP-SE Proposal.odt|
|Lunar Base||File:SE Lunar Program 1.odt, File:SE Lunar.odt|
|Mars Elevator / Base||File:Martian Elevator.odt, File:Mars cable.dxf,|
|Asteroid Elevator||File:Asteroid Elevator.odt|
|Geostation||Write-up of concept File:Inflatable Geodesic Sphere.odt, 3d model File:GeoStation.wrl,|
|Tourism||File:ASCENTFinalReport V1.pdf, File:ASCENTFinalReport V2.pdf Futron reports|
|Military||File:SE military White Paper.odt|
The climber has the most engineering work that needs to be done and the most opportunity for individuals and groups to get directly involved.
|Item||Notes||Completed and Ongoing Efforts|
|Full review and independent assessment of lunar base proposal||Viability, issues, business or other rational for doing this.|
|Full review of Solar Power Satellite concept||Realistically do we need SSP? If so review and evaluate Kellum's work. Categorize potential sponsors for such a system - Japan, British Petroleum,..., also is manned presence required if so evaluate geostation viability|
|Evaluate tourism potential||Based on current space tourism studies, what is the best business case for tourism with the space elevator - 8 hour trips to LEO, 24 hour trips to LEO, 3 week trips to a GEO station,...?|
|Evaluate long-term economic impact of a space elevator for investor/owner||How rich do owners become in various scenarios, how would an elevator affect the builder's economy (U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, ...)|