Dr. Peter A. Swan Is President of the International Space Elevator Consortium.
As such, he leads a team who further the concept with incremental studies and yearly conferences. Over the last ten years he has published eight books on the topic as co-author and/or co-editor. They are: Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward , Design Considerations for Space Elevator Tether Climbers , Space Elevator Concept of Operations , Space Elevator Survivability – Space Debris Mitigation , Space Elevator Architecture and Roadmaps , Design Considerations of a Space Elevator Earth Port , and Space Elevators Systems Architecture . He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree and served 20 years in the Air Force with a variety of research and development positions in the space arena. He taught at the Air Force Academy and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Upon retirement in 1988, he joined Motorola on the Iridium satellite program. He lead the team responsible for the development of the Iridium spacecraft bus. In 1998, he helped develop Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. that teaches space systems engineering. His classes emphasize engineering know-how and management techniques to successfully develop space systems of national importance. Pete received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in space systems. He has published many papers and a few books; two of which are on preparing for SCUBA trips.
The April 15th meeting of the Phoenix Chapters of the National Space Society and the Moon Society will be at our usual time (11 am) and location at the Humanist Community Center in Mesa (627 W. Rio Salado Blvd (formerly 8th St.), Mesa, AZ, 85201)