Dr. Brad Edwards

Dr. Bradley Carl Edwards, received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1990, spent 11 years as a staff member at Los Alamos National laboratory (LANL) leading advanced technology efforts for lunar missions, optical cryocooler development , detector system development astrophysical satellites, and a Europa orbiter mission. Since leaving LANL, Dr. Edwards has led development of the space elevator, organized three conferences and been on organizing committees for five others, led a research staff of 70 people at the Institute for Scientific Research, written the definitive book on the space elevator, and is President and founder of Carbon Designs to develop high-strength materials. He has over 50 publications with three books and 8 papers in the works, over 30 invited talks, letter of commendation from the DoE, and his work has appeared on the cover of Discover, Science News, Ad Astra, as well as large articles in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and multiple times on CNN and BBC. Dr. Edwards has expertise in project management, business management, space hardware, space systems, astrophysics, planetary physics, systems engineering, multiple computer languages, and cryogenics among others.

Broadcast 346 (Special Edition)

Dr. Brad Edwards returned to The Space Show to discuss new developments and the progress with the space elevator. Dr. Edwards brought us up to date on the improvements being made with the carbon fibers for the ribbon, he answered technical questions as to how the elevator would work and for what markets and projects it was best suited for once it becomes reality. We talked about the cost, its financing, and the time table to develop and get an operational space elevator. Dr. Edwards mentioned the climber competition which is going to be held in Mtn. View, CA from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2005.

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