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Posted: October 5, 2008
Conference: Space elevator and carbon nanotube tether design
(Nanowerk News) The Second International Conference on Space Elevator Climber and Tether Design in Luxembourg on December 6-7, 2008 follows the successful 1st European Workshop on Space
Elevator Climber and Tether Design held in the city of Luxembourg on November 10-11, 2007.
It will be organized by the European Spaceward Association in cooperation with the National
Research Fund of Luxembourg, the US Spaceward Foundation, the Japan Space Elevator
Association, the University of Luxembourg, the Institute Gabriel Lippmann, the Liège Space
Centre, the University of Liège and the Université Catholique de Louvain.
The conference is scheduled to take place in the city of Luxembourg. It will bring together high
level researchers and engineers on space elevator systems and carbon nanotube fibre production
along with experts from the private elevator, laser, nanotechnology and space industries.
objective of the event is to advance the technology development by examining and discussing the
status quo of designs of climbing systems and super strong CNT tethers that will have excelled at
the 4th NASA Beam Power and Tether Challenge in autumn 2008. Among the speakers are the
world leaders in this activities and the conference should result in a strong advancement in
climber and tether design.
There will be again a special focus on attracting young university researchers to stimulate
European team building and networking on the NASA Beam Power and Tether Challenges. The
diverse nature of the Space Elevator infrastructure, e.g. from LASER systems to CNT fibres
cables, and the exciting end goals make it an excellent proving ground for engineering
universities, research institutes and private entities alike.