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Space Engineering and Science Institute

Humankind in Space

Space Exploration 2007
The Second International Conference and Exposition on Science, Engineering, and Habitation in Space,and the Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop

Cosponsored by the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers

March 25 to 28, 2007
Albuquerque, New Mexico

About SES Institute

Who are we?

The Space Engineering and Science Institute was formed to promote human exploration of space by bringing together researchers, explorers and students to develop and enhance the scientific and engineering visions required for space exploration and utilization.

Past Conference - Space Exploration 2005 was held in Albuquerque, NM, from Sunday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 6, 2005. It was composed of The First International Conference and Exposition on Engineering, Construction, Operation, Policy and Business in Space and The First Biennial Space Elevator Workshop.

The main themes of Space Exploration 2005 were: Alternative Space Access, Moon, lune calendrier, Mars Habitability, and Space Policy.

Alternative Space Access addressed issues such as Space Elevator, Electric Propulsion, and Simultaneous On-orbit Mission Control.

Moon - Mars Habitability looked at Use of In-situ Resources, Bio Regenerative Systems, and Design of Base Interiors.

The Space Policy discussions considered issues of Space Law, Use of Resources, and Access to Remote Sensing Data by various governments around the world.

Our next conference will be held March 25 - 28, 2007 in Albuquerque, NM.

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How to join the SES Institute

The SES Institute is an open membership with yearly dues. To join the SES Institute, you can join online or send your information in the mail.

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SES Institute
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Current Conference

The Space Engineering and Science Institute Presents
Space Exploration 2007 (SEC 2007)

The Second International Conference and Exposition on Science, Engineering and Habitation in Space and the Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Sunday, March 25 to Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Cosponsored by the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Click here to download the Program Highlights and Schedule in MS Word.

Click here to download a flyer in MS Word.

SEC 2007 is a four day conference to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme “Humankind in Space: Competition or Collaboration” will draw together an international array of scientists, engineers, educators, managers and entrepreneurs and students. This conference will feature topical discussions in areas of interest to the exploration and habitation of space, including alternative methods of access to space. The second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop will be held in conjunction with the conference. We invite you to present a paper on a topic of your interest. Click here to download the MS Word template for paper submission.

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Conference topics to include:

Special events/activities to include:

Registration Fees

Regular $350
Presenters
Steering Committee $275
Retirees $225
One day *
Students * $
Additional Banquet Ticket $
Students Banquet Ticket $

*Does not include Proceedings or Banquet Ticket

Call for Papers

The Space Engineering and Science Institute, The Institute for Scientific Research and the Los Alamos National Laboratory are hosting a 4 day conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in mid-March 2007. The theme “Humankind in Space: Competition or Collaboration” will draw together an international array of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, and entrepreneurs. This conference will feature topical discussions in areas of interest to the exploration and habitation of space, including alternative methods of access to space. The second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop will be held in conjunction with the conference. We invite you to present a paper on a topic of your interest.

Conference topics to include:

The preferred procedure and format for abstract submittals for this conference is given on our web site: http://www.sesinstitute.org Click here to submit your abstract online.

For all submissions, please include the following:

Deadlines

Abstracts Due 7 December 2006*
All acceptance notices will be sent 18 December 2006
Drafts of the accepted paper due 18 January 2007*
Peer Review and Comments Sent Back 1 February 2007
Final Draft Due 22 February 2007

We expect a period of one month for corresponding with authors about their final drafts. Click here for a detailed list of topics for the conference, by all means non-inclusive. Student Papers will also be accepted and published in the Proceedings. *You can also submit both the Abstract and First Draft Paper between 7 December 2006 and 18 January 2007.

Please send your SPACE EXPLORATION 2007 abstracts and technical program inquiries to:
Technical Chair
Dr. Bryan Laubscher
Los Alamos National Laboratory/
Black Line Ascension
1215 Dexter Ave. N #405
Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone (206) 352-7924
blaubscher@msn.com

Student Robotics Competition - Space Elevator, Jr.

General Information

Space travel using a space elevator system is a fairly recent and quite innovative concept supported by many government agencies, industry, and universities. In this concept, a motorized climber utilizes ground-based beamed power to climb a thin ribbon at moderate speeds covering several thousand miles. The concept will help to carry payloads to various orbits at a very cost-effective way. Please refer to other literature about the concept and its possible uses and limitations. You may also contact http://www.elevator2010.org for information on other similar activities and competitions.

Deadlines

Letter (or email) Intent to participate Early entries: December 4, 2006
Late entries: January 8, 2007
One-page project summary and project status Feb. 16, 2007
Final report March 24, 2007 (at the conference site)
If you have any questions about the competition – concepts, logistics, costs, etc. – please contact Dr. A. Nasab at anasab@mtsu.edu (Middle Tennessee State University) or at (615) 898-2052.

Purpose

The purpose of this year’s Student Robotics Competition is to design and build a climber which is able to climb a ribbon with ground-based beamed power carrying a limited payload.

Student teams from high schools, 2- and 4-year colleges are encouraged to participate in this exciting competition. This competition requires a multi-disciplinary team of students to contribute to various components of the climber. However, the project does not have a significant financial requirement.

The payload –detachable and provided by the teams- are to represent either the various components carried to space or, in the case of a moon-based space elevator, the payload would represent the components of command module to be established on the moon surface.

Ribbon

The ribbon used by the climber to travel vertically upwards will be provided at the competition site. The ribbon will be a 2-in. webbing ribbon, similar to the one offered by REI stores. (BlueWater 2-Inch Climb-Spec Tubular Webbing $0.60/ft Item 472049 )

The ribbon will have a length of about 30 ft and will be hung from a ceiling truss with a weight of at least 50 lbs hanging at the bottom. This will create adequate tension for the climber.

Light source

The light source will be furnished at the competition. Tentatively, the lights will be the kind used in theater lighting with Fresnel lens focusing. The total amount of power consumption by the lights will be limited to 5000 watts. Notice that the amount of radiative power available by the lights will be less due heat and beam divergence losses. The lights will be mounted at the base of the ribbon and directed upward along the length of the ribbon. The starting and stopping of the climber will be controlled by the status of the lights only. More details on the specific types of light sources and their spectral properties will be provided as it becomes available.

Climber

The climber is expected to have means of collecting the light radiation by solar cells or other means to generate electricity to power motors used in climbing the ribbon. Teams are encouraged to use other ideas and innovative schemes to accomplish the task of climbing the ribbon.
The ribbon will not be available for teams to thread it in the climber. The climber design must be such that it can be mounted on the ribbon without needing the free end of the ribbon. However, the ribbon can be loosened to ease the mounting operation. The climber must not fall or roll down when the light power is off. However, the climber must be designed so that it can be pulled down with the belay line.

OPTIONAL BONUS ACTIVITY – Teams are encouraged to incorporate a battery (or non-battery) based system for lowering the robot using a remote control. This is the only instance where an on-board power source could be used. The weight of the battery will be added to the payload weight in this case.

Safety

Teams are expected to design their climbing systems in a way that is safe to operate and transport. Climbers are to be designed in such a way that they stay on the ribbon at all times. No part of the climber should separate from the climber while on the ribbon. No explosives, chemicals, liquids, or expendables are allowed. No balloons can be used either since the purpose is to simulate space environment.

Belay lines will be provided to control the climbers in motion. Teams must provide a means of hooking belay lines at the top and bottom of their climbers using typical carabiners.

Other rules and limitations

a. No batteries, capacitors, or other means of storing and re-using power is allowed on-board the climber
b. No tether will be attached to the climber other than the belay line
c. No remote control is allowed.
d. Climber total weight must be limited to 50 lbs
e. Small batteries for operation of the on-board electronics is allowed
f. Any payload must be detachable for weighing purposes, but be verifiably secured to the climber while on the ribbon
g. The climber must stay on the ribbon and track the ribbon at all times
h. The climber must in no way damage the ribbon – very important
i. The climber will be limited to 3 ft in any dimension.

Technical Report

Each team is required to prepare a technical report which would outline the design process and detailed technical description of their climber system. Typically, the report will have at least the following sections.
a. Cover page identifying the climber name, school name, and team members
b. Introduction – describing space elevator concept and applications
c. Climber design – this section may be divided to describing various components
d. Team work/ Project management
e. Budget
f. Other sections /comments/ suggestions
g. References

Judging

Members from space industry and educational institutions will serve as judges for this competition. The overall score will depend on scores on each of the following categories.
Climber speed
Climber payload
Climber weight
Technical report
Innovative ideas
Safety

Hotel Reservation

The conference will be held at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel. Their address is: 5151 San Francisco Rd.
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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There are two ways to reserve a hotel room.

You may call (800) 262-2043 or call (505) 821-3333 direct to Albuquerque,NM and mention SEC 2007 (Space Exploration 2007) to secure the conference room rate.
You can reserve a hotel room online at www.marriott.com and enter our group code which is: spespea
Conference Rates at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel are good until February 28, 2007.

Single Room (1 King bed) $68
Double Room (2 Double beds) $68

Exhibit Information

For Space Exploration 2007
Introduction

On March 25, 2007, the themes of science, engineering and human habitation in space will draw together engineers, scientists, educators, managers and entrepreneurs from many nations. The Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop, a special feature of this conference, will highlight the promise of this new technology to greatly open space for development. We cordially invite you to become an exhibitor at Space Exploration 2007.

For the Space Exploration 2007 Conference we expect between 100 and 200 people from the United States and many other countries. Attendees come from government agencies, aerospace, construction and other industries, universities, national laboratories and not for profit entities. The Robotics Competition for university students will take place concurrently with the conference. Space Exploration takes place at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The exhibit area is a large ballroom conveniently located adjacent to the registration area and conference sessions. All coffee breaks will occur in the exhibit area. We will have a space art display, and at scheduled breaks and other times refreshments will draw attendees into the exhibit area. Exhibits will be set up Sunday, March 25 and taken down late on Wednesday, March 28.

Conference Facts: Space Exploration 2007 and the Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop
Co-sponsored by the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Location: Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North; Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Dates: March 25-28, 2007

For more information:
Contact Administrative Chairman, Philip Richter, 505.670-5296 for further information or special requirements.

Exhibit Opportunities

Corner Booth

For the amount of $700 your company will receive a 10 ft. by 10 ft. curtained booth on a corner, one 5 ft. table, a sign for the booth with your company’s name, 1 conference registration and 2 exhibit passes. Also, your company’s name and contact information will appear on the Exhibitor list handed out at the conference.

Non-corner Booth

For the amount of $400 your company receives a 10 ft. by 10 ft. curtained booth, one 5 ft. table, a sign for the booth with your company’s name, and 2 exhibit passes. Also, your company’s name and contact information will appear on the Exhibitor list handed out at the conference.

Exhibitor Services

Disco Display House is our booth provider and will also function as the drayage provider to which the display materials may be shipped and they can also ship your packed up materials back to your company after the conference. This is a separate service from the booth rental. Please contact Disco Display House directly to arrange and pay for drayage. Their contact information is: Disco Display House Inc 3123 Central Avenue Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (505) 265-1515.

Payment Information

All payments are to be made out to: Space Engineering and Science Institute and sent to the Treasurer: Ruth Richter, 91 Mira Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, (505) 412-0142.

Current Sponsors

Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers

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Sponsorship Information

Introduction

On March 25, 2007, the complementary themes of science, engineering and human habitation in space will draw together engineers, scientists, educators, managers and entrepreneurs from many nations. The Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop, a special feature of this conference, will highlight the promise of this new technology to open space to development. We cordially invite you to become a sponsor of Space Exploration 2007.

Conference Facts:

Space Exploration eclipse lunaire and the Second Biennial Space Elevator Workshop Co-Sponsored by the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Dates: March 25-28, 2007

For more information:

Sponsorship Opportunities

GEO Conference Sponsorship

For the amount of $5000 or more one can be a GEO Conference Sponsor. This level of sponsorship comes with a corner booth for the exhibit hall, at least 3 conference registrations, a banner with your company's name on it displayed at the conference and your company's name and logo on all hardcopy conference information and proceedings.

LEO Conference Sponsorship

For the amount of $2000 or more but less than $5000 one can be a LEO Conference Sponsor. This level of sponsorship comes with a non-corner booth for the exhibit hall, at least 1 - 3 conference registrations, a banner with your company's name on it displayed at the conference and your company's name and logo on all hardcopy conference information and proceedings.

Event or Proceedings Sponsorship

For the amount of an event such as a reception or to print the proceedings one can be an Event or Proceedings Sponsor. Event Sponsorship comes with recognition on all advertising of the event. For a Proceedings Sponsor appropriate recognition will be shown in the proceedings. Also, as with other sponsors, Event and Proceeding Sponsors will receive a non-corner booth, a number of conference registrations, a banner with your company's name on it displayed at the conference and your company's name and logo on all hardcopy conference information and proceedings.

Payment Information

All payments are to be made out to Space Engineering and Science Institute and sent to the Treasurer: Ruth Richter, 91 Mira Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. Phone: 505-412-0142

Contact Us

Position Phone Email General Information
Phil Richter Administrative Chair (505) 670-5296
J. Allyn Smith General Chair (931) 221-6104
Stewart Johnson Information Chair (505)298-2124
Rod Galloway Webmaster (505) 256-3343
Ahad Nasab Robotics Chair (615) 898-2052