Techie Day hopes that creating some hotels in space will help jump-start the Space Elevator project. Personally, I think it will be the other way around…
It’s a good thing that “Space Elevator” is the same in Spanish as it is in English, or I would have never known that this Spanish-language blog had mentioned it. The blog entry is talking about the Mars Rovers and, at the end, mentions a Space Elevator.
Though this very interesting video does not specifically mention the Space Elevator, the issues it brings up will certainly come into play when the Elevator is built.
In this Stanford Daily review of the Cool Products Expo, the Spaceward Foundation and “plans to build a Space Elevator” are briefly mentioned.
Over at L2si, the following prediction is made:
“Shortly after the space elevator opens, a new sport will be introduced — extreme base jumping. Daredevils will leap from the structure at some point above the atmostphere wearing (highly) heat resistant pressurized suits and a parachute.”
Peter Blue speculates that the first 100 years of the Space Age will have bookends of Sputnik and the Space Elevator…
If you’re into theorizing how our Planet can be destroyed, do I have a webpage for you. The Space Elevator is used in Method #4.
Over at the Steelsphere.com blog, the author speculates on what a tourist trip on a Space Elevator might be like…
I just ran across this interesting thread, discussing the possibilty (or not) of a Space Elevator. One of the contributors, an “nhughes1″ (who states that he is a long-time Aerospace Engineer) declares that a Space Elevator is flatly impossible. The last post on the thread is nearly 9 months old.
I’m not a Physics major, so I can’t comment on his calculations. I wish I knew his email address – I’d refer him to the Edwards / Westling book and ask him for his comments.
I don’t know when this webpage was created, but in it, SF Writer Robert J. Sawyer displays a table of “Apparent gravity in cab going up the Jijaki space elevator, assuming the cab is rising at a constant speed of 110 km/h”
The entry is dated July 7th, 2004 but I just stumbled across it. I think it’s funny – make sure your speakers are on…
Blogger Pontus Edenberg speculates on Christmas presents in the year 2030, with a Spacetrip at the top of the list. Space elevators, of course, will play their part…
Blogger Bill Canis attends the Stanford Cool Products Expo and notes that the very first item on their list of exhibits is a Space Elevator. He writes about it here.
Official NASA announcement of the opening of registration for the Beam Power and Tether competitions (as well as 3 other competitions).
As mentioned in the LiftPort April, 2006 Technical Newsletter, Jasper Bouwmeester, an Aerospace Engineering student in the Netherlands, will be interning at LiftPort this summer. The Newsletter describes a Space Elevator concept project that Jasper and his team did, with one of their conclusions being that the Space Elevator should be anchored in the Atlantic Ocean. The Newsletter contains a link to the paper created – you can also find it here. It’s well worth the read.
I’ve not played around with the Google Earth Tool (though my 13-year old son downloaded it and creeped out my wife by being able to zoom into our house), but now I have a reason to. Over at GoogleEarthBlog, FrankTaylor has posted a 3D Space Elevator model, GoogleEarth ready. Very cool.
As soon as I can get my son to quit modding up his XBOX (again), maybe he can take pity on me and show me how to use this.
CBS2Chicago.com reports that an exhibit honoring the life and works of Leonardo Da Vinci has opened at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry. It’s a 4-part exhibit; the fourth part highlights “40 modern Leonardo’s” with one of them being Brad Edwards. Tickets are $21.00 and the exhibit is open until September 4th.
The Museum of Science & Industry is a cool place, but has gotten a bit dated as of late. They’ve been working to update their exhibits and, as a Chicago-area resident, I’m looking forward to seeing this one.
While perusing the July, 2004 issue of Discover Magazine, I found this paragraph.
“The office of the world’s leading space elevator designer is across the street from the Foxx Pawn Shop in the somewhat frayed downtown of Fairmont, West Virginia. The little mining community of 19,000—hit hard by the 1990 Clean Air Act, which made the local sulfurous coal a tough sell—aims to become a high-tech hub, helped by lashings of funds from Congressman Alan Mollohan, a ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. Edwards is director of research for the Institute for Scientific Research, a four-year-old technology development house headquartered here in a new, cool, rather spartan office building. The space elevator is the most prominent of a dozen projects on the institute’s agenda.”
This is the earliest mention I’ve found, so far, of Rep. Mollohan’s funding of ISR.
This web site has evidently been in existence for some time (since 1998?), but I just stumbled across it today. It purports to describe a concept where with “today’s technology”, humanity could build a system which would make space flight much more affordable. The key concept is a “Earth Orbiting Elevator”, a skyhook. The author doesn’t describe what the “Elevator” would be made of, but it’s an interesting site nonetheless.
I just found this website; it seems to be an overview and status report (a bit outdated) on Space Elevator technology and development.
In this issue, LiftPort Research Director Tom Nugent mentions a proposal written by 10 Aerospace Engineering Students in the Netherlands to build a Space Elevator in the Atlantic Ocean. He also reminds us that he will be presenting at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles on May 4th. The Newsletter can be found here.
At answers.Yahoo.com, a question is posted about the potential usefulness of a Space Elevator. Several people weigh in with their ideas.
The March/April issue of MIT’s Technology Review comments on Brad Edwards appearance and remarks at the recent MIT Enterprise Forum.
Dennis Byrne, a columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, also has his own blog. In a posting yesterday, he comments on how the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal reported the story of West Virginia Democratic congressman Alan Mollohand and how he’s funded numerous non-profits with taxpayer dollars. One of the non-profits he’s funded is the Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) and, earlier today, I noted a story from another blogger stating that some of the money has been earmarked for Space Elevator development.
I think this story has legs and we’re going to be hearing more about it soon…
Ashwin Nanjappa at LiveJournal writes approvingly of the NASA Centennial Challenges. Everyone seems in favor of them…
The Amygdala blog opines about NASA’s Centennial Challenges.
The Space Elevator concept must be gaining traction – it’s now getting politicized. Some weeks ago, James Miller, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Smith College, proposed in his article “Elevating Elephants”, that the Republicans should adopt a campaign plank in support of a Space Elevator. Today at DailyKos, ManFromMiddletown posted an article that discussed energy alternatives and talked in favorable terms about the problems that a Space Elevator could solve. The author refers to the Miller article as coming from the “Dark Side”. He mentions LiftPort and believes that the Space Elevator should be built by an International Coalition.
Over at Live Journal, Unnamed puts forward his idea on how to colonize space, with Space Elevators playing a central role.
Catnmus opines about using the Space Elevator to hoist nuclear waste into space.
At techdirt.com, Joe comments on the NASA Centennial Challenge competitions.
Our neighbors to the north lay claim to the Space Elevator. Pretty cheeky, eh? Of course, to paraphrase Robert Heinlein, the laws of physics work for everyone, not just Americans…
And, today I find out that this blog has been added to Robot Guy’s Space Blogroll. Thanks! And thanks for the work to put the Space Blogroll together.
I’ve added the Space Blogroll to my links and, as soon as I get competent in php, I’ll figure out a way to post it in it’s entirety rather than as just a link.
Brad Guth speculates that a Lunar Space Elevator may be better than “accomplishing moon landings via mascon roller coaster.” At least that’s what I think he’s saying…
One Big Mutation also comments on the NY Times story about the NASA Centennial Challenges. This exact same blog entry can also be found at Museum of Mahem, here, in this blog entry from Circle of Tripe, in this blog entry from Darn Tasty and in many others. No, I don’t know why other than the fact that someone seems to have too much time on their hand.
The Cool Blue Blog comments on the NASA Centennial Challenges.
Nyein Aung shows off his latest drawings in this months newsletter. In addition, Joe Julian updates us with some coming events and looks for ideas for some LiftPort-related retail items. The Newsletter can be found here.
NY Times article about the NASA Centennial Challenges. Steve Jones, a 2005 and 2006 contestant in the Beam Power Challenge is featured. It’s a good article, but (free) registration is required to read it.
LogicVersusBlog talks about the Space Elevator here.
Little known dangers of Space Elevator deployment are discussed here. Once you read this, you will probably never look at the Horse Head Nebula in the same way again.
I’ve just learned that the world’s first space elevator is going to be built in Canada. The exclusive scoop is here.
Happy April Fool’s Day…