The best documented conference presentation trip was the fourth such presentation I had endured doing. And it was perhaps the best of my formal peer-reviewed technical papers on the KESTS to GEO conceptual designs. This was the trip to present my technical paper titled "Kinetically Supported Bridge Vehicle Lift to GEO" at the American Society of Civil Engineer's "Space 2002" conference held in Albuquerque, NM in 2002. In the photo below, I am holding a copy of the Space 2002 conference proceedings in which this paper is published; my iBook computer, on which I prepared this paper and presentation in all their too many revisions, and was key for all my formal presentations on the KESTS concepts from 2000 to 2005, is in the background. (This photo was taken at a friend's home, a more dignified place than my own apartment - which can be seen in some of the following photos.) The trip's story made of photos is below.
JEDCline's trip to Albuquerque to present his scientific paper "Kinetically Supported Bridge Vehicle Lift to GEO" at ASCE's "Space 2002" space conference - descriptions are below each photo.
JEDC making Power Point viewgraphs on his new iBook, noticing related principle magnetic action devices. The resulting powerpoint slides can be viewed here.
Symbolic devices and iBook on 2002/02/27. The rotating dolphin mobile rotor was given another electromgnetic boost each time its swinging base went past the sensor and driver in the bottom of the device demonstrating the boost each armature segment would get as it passed the earth accelleration terminal each time around the hoop; the floating magnetic spinner demonstrating magnetic levitation bearings; and the locomotive symbolizing the push and pull on the tracks in response to force between them. The cardboard boxes in the background had long become a fixture in my life living in poverty and often moving to another different tiny apartment closer to some new job. The desk was made by my late father, M. D. Cline, and I still have this desk as of 2010.
Jim on the road to the conference. 20020313
Seeing a lot of desert.
And a lot of freeway.
A hike at Tent Rocks before the conference. 20020316
Former Albuquerque home of my parents, M. D. Cline and Ethelyne. 20020319
St Mark's Episcopal church in Albuquerque, where I used to attend with my parents.
Site of Space 2002 conference, Hilton Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
My reflection in my car window as I go into conference; is hard to take one's own photo. 2002/03/19. The little Oregon Sciences digital camera was my first digital camera, and it took all the photos on this page. Although subsequent digital cameras used a different format which obsoleted this camera, this camera enabled the creation of photos for this page for people to see now. The artificial flowers, visible hanging inside my car, provided a bit of cheer for the difficult journey.
One of the session announcement posters.
Me outside the Hilton Hotel conference site.
Another of me (JEDCline) outside conference site. The blue lower section of the badge showed that I was a presenter at the conference.
Freeway signs and me.
Dishes aiming at GEO, site of potential new civilization, per my paper's concepts. 20020321
Sandia Crest terminal of cable car. 20020322 This is related to the anchored tether form of Space Elevator concept, that suddenly got spectacularly resurrected with a huge grant from NASA for this conference, which totally drew attention away from my hoop-type KESTS to GEO concept at the conference. My out-of-pocket efforts at presentation was no match for the dazzling video animations and sales talk that a million dollar grant from NASA bought - an old concept that was brought out of the closet and then quietly faded away; but it had done its job of blocking attention from KESTS to GEO at a critical time - why be interested in developing my concept, when there were a whole bunch of impressive people - supported by NASA, as my concept was not - saying a that the space elevator was possible and that they were all ready to build a space elevator as soon as they had the money to do it? The KESTS to GEO concept was initially created to bypass the seemingly unsolvable problem on lack of a tether material of sufficient strength-to-weight ratio; it was claimed by those at this tether space elevator concept that the material was available and being made by the Japanese in sufficient quantities already - something that has not been substanciated, and the search for such material seems as far away as before. Speculation as to why this all happened, comes up with some interesting possibilities, that I won't dwell upon here. And remember, I was one of the many who independently thought of the anchored tether space elevator concept; I was not the first, being in 1969 when I thought of it, but then realized the tether strength-to-weight ration problem; I then created the Mooncable Project concept in 1971-1972 for a tapered crossection fiberglass cable from the lunar surface through the L-1 balance point toward the earth, another kind of space elevator - and got the concept delivered to NASA in 1972; so I am familiar with the field. And through the whole time I have had to struggle with my resisence being burglarized for my technical concept writings, and harrassment when attemptign to communicate my concepts even before the internet became available. No wonder we don't have a KESTS to GEO transportation system built already and using it to build Solar Power Satellites in GEO to cleanly power America; there is a huge amount of antagonism to my efforts going on, from way back. Baffles me.
JEDC atop Sandia Crest. 20020322
Cable car headed up, I will go down on it.
Riding the cable car down from Sandia Crest to Albuquerque. 20020323
On the road again, headed west on I-40.
The freeway now goes past the Hogsback mountain where I used to rock climb.
Flint the parakeet was my travelling companion from Albuquerque to Glendale CA.
Going past former employer in Pomona, Hamilton-Sundstrand Sensor Systems (was Orbital Sciences Corp Sensor Systems before.) I was already briefly employed there by the time my first accepted formal paper was accepted in 1999 for the ASCE Space 2000 conference, but the company gave no support for my efforts on the paper nor would upper management even respond to my emails on the subject of my concept nor my technical paper, even though it involved space technology (quite different from theirs, however); I was apparently just a lowly electronics tech, in the company management's stratified viewpoint. Yet I suspect that since "Orbital Sciences Corp" was my employer at the time, enabled my earlier paper to get more serious attention, finally. And that paper opened the door for this 2002 paper - which then opened the door for my KESTS to GEO paper presented in 2004.
Back home in Glendale, CA, photo of my Space 2002 badge and my iBook with one of my paper's graphics on it.
At long last, I see my paper in print in "Space 2002 Robotics 2002". It is the second paper in the proceedings, in the "Emerging Technologies" section.