A Business 2.0 article discussing profit generating opportunities in Outer Space. The Space Elevator is mentioned as a technology that would “…reduce orbital freight costs by 98 percent and open up space just as the railroads opened up the Wild West.”
In the Newsletter, LiftPort’s Research Director Tom Nugent discusses “Space Elevator Ribbon: The Elastic Energy Problem.” The Newsletter can be found here.
The SpaceAlumni.com group has recently interviewed Dr. Bradley Edwards. The written transcript of the interview can be found here.
Public Radio’s Weekend America interviews LiftPort’s CEO, Michael Laine.
LiftPort’s artist-in-residence, Nyein Aung, releases his latest creations here.
Why am I reminded of the Simpsons?
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A CNNMoney.com / Business 2.0 article estimates the 2021 Space Elevator market size at $2 Billion / year.
The Speculist comments on the positive effects of creating Prizes to spur development of technology.
The official Liftport announcement, stating that they have successfully completed their “second round of preliminary tests of its high altitude platform and robotic lifters”. They were able to launch their platform a full mile into the air while their robotic climbers were able to climb more than 1,500 feet.
In the email announcement I received about the release of Liftport’s February, 2006 Technical Newsletter, there was also an announcement about a study which had been done by Nicola M. Pugno (available here) stating that, because of “inherent defects” in a Carbon Nanotube cable, it’s maximum strenght would be no more than approx. 35 GPa. If true, it’s a problem. But only if it’s true. Liftport has started a discussion forum on this subject here.