This book addresses the simple and complex issues that have been identified through the development of space elevator concepts over the last decade. The report begins with a summary of those ideas in Edwards’ and Westling’s book The Space Elevator (2003). Out of these beginnings has risen a worldwide cadre focused upon their areas of expertise as applied to space elevator development and operational infrastructure. The report answers some basic questions about the feasibility of a space elevator infrastructure.
This study was conducted under the auspices of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) […] , as well as the International Space Elevator Consortium. […] There were 41 authors and 5 editors.