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About the Space Elevator Development Wiki


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This wiki is intended to be a repository of information and a baseline for research of the space elevator. The general purpose is to provide a structure for collaborative work on the space elevator. This is not an open blog however and all work will be reviewed before it is accepted as complete.

  1. One of the premises of the free software movement is that: a proof of concept, running code, and presence of community are all that are necessary for success in an intellectual endeavor. Cataloging a critical mass of models, spreadsheets, simulations, and documentation, in open formats, will attract people to help find and solve problems and provide the knowledge needed for the inevitable construction of the space elevator.
  2. No toys. Anything can be modeled in software so we will increasingly aim to simulate the real thing. In principle, we can write every line of code (LOTS!) and figure out the location of every atom. With really good software, the hardware work will be more directed and more useful.
  3. Crawl, walk, run. We have big goals which is fine, and we will get there one step at a time. Any progress is good, however, we are too small to do waste, which is the "No toys" mantra above, and why we should reuse as much as possible.

Think big: what do we need to do to get a country (Japan, U.S., Germany, Korea), large company (Exxon, Intel), or an individual (Gates, Allen, Walton) interested in building the first space elevator?


Simple, concise,...

  1. Provide accurate information on the construction of a viable space elevator
  2. Be the source of technical information during the initial stages of construction

General Usage

All interested individuals are invited to participate in this Wiki effort. To begin individuals should review the material available here and elsewhere, decide where they can contribute and contact either leaders of exiting projects or the Wiki administrators about a new effort. In general new efforts will be given a page and support for initiation. Research efforts will be marked as in progress and monitored by the Wiki administrators. Help, contacts, information, etc. will be provided by the Wiki administrators and other users when possible. When the research is nearing completion the Wiki administrators will organize a review of the material and it will be accepted as is, changes suggested or rejected. If it is accepted it will be marked as reviewed and complete and may be integrated into the baseline design.

This process is to help insure relevant work gets exposure and the community can have confidence in the validity of the work.


Keith Curtis

Bradley Edwards

Ben Shelef

Technical Review Board

Bradley Edwards

Ben Shelef