Jim Cline Photo of Jim Cline at ASCE space 2004 conference

Jim Cline has had a lifetime of dreaming and writing about space exploration, and in particular about earth to orbit access that could enable near-future rapid expansion of civilization into nearby space. This was done as a hobby and personal effort, thinking to help America's space program. This effort was often not welcome by some who considered it all their "territory," however. Some of the efforts were:
-- In 1972, after calculating that an earth space elevator could not be made with existing materials, he went on to make an informal proposal to NASA about the Mooncable, which was to be a lunar space elevator through L-1, made of space rated fiberglass with a constant stress cross-section design, with a materials processing facility at L-1 for casting reentry gliders made of foamed nickle iron. http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/lunarspaceelevator1972/lunarspaceelevator1972.html
-- He testified before the National Commission on Space on the future American space program, in 1985. http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/geniefiles/gesp475.html
-- He wrote many files on space access and utilization on the GEnie Spaceport Library on the GEnie network 1988 ito mid-1990's. http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/geniespaceportlibraryfiles
-- As a further personal unsponsored effort, he wrote and presented formal peer-reviewed technical papers on space access and utilization, at space conferences by the Space Studies Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and SESI, including:
-- Cline, J. E. David “Wet Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules” Space Manufacturing 10, Pathways to the High Frontier, Space Studies Institute, AIAA, 1995, 88-91 http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/wlphm.html
Cline, James E. D. “Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structures” Space 2000 Conference Proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2000, 396-402. http://youtu.be/RWy_genLFzg
-- Cline, James E. D. “Kinetically Supported Bridge Vehicle Lift To GEO” Space 2002 Robotics 2002 Conference Proceedings, ASCE, 2002, 8-21.
-- Cline, James E. D. “Energy Flow in Kinetically Strengthened Transportation Structure Systems to Space” Earth & Space 2004 Conference Proceedings, ASCE, 2004, 859-866. http://youtu.be/V6fZQ_EULZw
-- Cline, James E. D. “The Space Escalator Carousel's Unique Potentials” Space Exploration 2005 Conference Proceedings, SESI, 2005, 230-238 http://youtu.be/gJ9swcyr3lY and the paper itself: http://www.escalatorhi.com/techscifi/carousel2.html
-- Cline, James E. D. “Characteristics of Space Escalator Carousels vs. Space Elevators” Space Exploration 2005 Conference Proceedings, SESI, 2005, 355-364 http://www.escalatorhi.com/techscifi/carousel3.html
-- And before that an early published conceptual article about it:
Cline, J. E. David, “Treehouse Haven”, Meditation Magazine, Winter 1990, 28-31 (Not a fully technical document, but published and printed, describing early vision of the KESTS to GEO concept.) http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/treehousehaven/treehousehaven.html
-- In 1994 "A Potential Application of General Systems Theory: KESTS, A Unique Transportation Technology Concept & Implications" As presented to the L. A. Chapter of the International Society of System Scientists (GSR) on November 9, 1994, by J. E. D. "Dave" Cline http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/kests1994isss/isss1994.html
-- Also wrote and formally presented a technical paper in 1997, but was not published: "Kinetic Energy Supported Electrically Powered Transportation Structureshttp://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/ssi1997graphics/kesepts-ssi-directhandout.html
-- And another technical paper was written and accepted for presentation in 2007, "Long Range Electromechanical Power Transmission Along Space Transportation Structures" but he was unable to attend and present the paper, so it did not get published. You can read it here, anyway: http://www.kestsgeo.com/1techconcepts/documents/sesi2007paper/lremptasts3e.htm

And using the sci fi novel mode: 

In the continuing effort to communicate his innovative, but off the beaten path, space access and utilization concepts, he colorfully expanded upon them in the form of writing several science fiction adventure novels in participation with the annual NanoWriMo activity, finding that writing is a cathartic way to experience the adventures that did not happen in real life, from his technological brainchildren, mostly involving space access between ground and GEO, and the Moon, and the applications that it would make possible, through electrodynamically supported space access structures, as well as anchored tether space elevators, as shown below. 

"Building Up" mostly focuses on the Earth Space Elevator, and an unusual low-risk construction technique for the classical wheel-type Space Station in LEO, with some KESTS technology too. Over half of it is technical reference material, is why it is so many pages.

The Ark 1984 novel involves mystery and deep sometimes really nasty human conflict along with the struggle to create technology.

"It's Down to Earth" is my favorite and covers topics from building and using KESTS to GEO of several types,  Earth Circular KESTS, solar powered and SPS-beam-powered airships, and restoring the Earth's ecosystem under difficult circumstances.

The Ice Shields novel is the last of this high tech adventure series, and probably most interesting of them all and not very expensive; it starts off with KESTS and the ring of cities in GEO it enabled built (but is now being dismantled); and the latter part focuses on the large Lunar facilities, Lunar Space Elevators of both types, and the reaction-engined vehicle path between GEO and L-1.

The "Going Past the Town Prison" novel is a totally different theme, primarily terraforming a cooled lava covered world while people are busy being people. Does propose such things as a pylon bucket-transfer tranportation system, and uses of a fleet of low orbit solar concentrating tracking reflector satellites. A fantasy part too; this time an unusual life form, teaming up with people for mutual survival. First of a new Lava World series.

Jim's Videos

Jim has been working on several videos telling the story of his interest in space and presenting several ideas that he has come up with over the past 40 years. Some are linked above. You can see more at his U-Tube Channel.

General Info

He has several related formal technical papers published in technical conference proceedings of the Space Studies Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and SES space conferences during 1995-2005. He is retired from a career in electronics, much of it in disk drive development, although a couple of space-related jobs including helping develop a spacecraft camera in the early 1970's, and doing word processing for ISO-9000 test procedures for spares for an item aboard the ISS in 2000. He is now living with his two parakeets in the desert of central Washington, hoping but not expecting a woman to come into his life, in his humble lifestyle.


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