The Museum of Flight hosts the 2012 International Space Elevator Conference from Saturday, August 25 through Monday, August 27. It’s a three-day technical conference engaging an international audience of scientists, engineers, educators, managers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and students in topical discussions of the development of a 22,000-mile elevator to space.

While the conference looks at the challenges of the ultimate lift, the Conference’s Family Science Fest offers fun activities a little more down to Earth. The lectures and family activities are free with admission to the Museum. Registration and more information about the conference is online HERE.

Family Science Fest
Saturday August 25
10:00am – 5:00pm

The Space Elevator Family Science Fest includes a challenge for middle school and high school robotics teams to build and program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot. Activities include The Museum of Flight’s “Robot Garage,” where children can explore the basic engineering skills needed to build a successful extra-terrestrial rover. Kids can make their own space-faring creations at the “LEGO Build Zone,” while “Robot Alley” will display robots from local robotics teams and clubs. There will also be an exhibition of children’s space art. Cost to attend the Family Science Fest is included with Museum of Flight admission.

Plus, some “extra sessions”, including the Pacific Science Center’s Science on Wheels exhibit, and….

Space Elevator 101
Saturday, August 25

Space Elevator 101 is an overview of the space elevator conceptual design as well as the motivation for such a futuristic project. It touches on the material and design of the tether, climbers, power beaming system, problems with chemical rocket propulsion, historical analogies and possible future impacts of the space elevator. The speaker will be Dr. Peter Swan. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Space Elevator 201
Saturday, August 25

Dr. Bryan Laubscher will discuss a possible technological roadmap for space elevator development. Topics include space exploration with a space elevator infrastructure, such as space elevators on Mars and the Moon. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information on the Museum of Flight, visit

The Museum of Flight is located at:
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

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