November 19th, 2008
Some updates on stories/posts recently seen on this blog…
First of all, Spaceward wants to give a big shout-out to Mari Kimura for doing all of the English->Japanese translation for the Spaceward website (which I blogged about yesterday). Thanks Mari - they look great!
A few days ago I blogged about the report from the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics saying that the Aussies should consider building a Space Elevator off their NW coast. This report has been picked up by some more of the Australian press and Philip Ragan (co-author of Leaving the Planet by Space Elevator and someone who I suggested might be able to put in a favorable word about this project to the Australian government) was quoted. News.com.au weighs in with their opinion here while psfk discusses it here. And Tribune of the Plebs directly links to my blog post while pointing out that my attempt at using Aussie slang might not have been all that accurate… Hey, I’m just a poor Seppo - take pity on me please… :) His suggestion of a joint Japanese/Australian Space Elevator has a lot going for it; two technologically advanced and rich countries, a growing Japanese space program and close access to one of the best sites proposed to site a Space Elevator earthport. Oy Oy Oy!!!
I also recently blogged about Michael Laine’s report on the time he recently spent at the International Space University. Michael has now posted the “complete and unabridged” version of the story on the LiftPort blog. As an aside, it’s just nice to see this blog being used again…
And my local comic book store PROMISED me that tomorrow they would have the Iron Man - The End issue I had backordered. I spoke with Michael Laine a few days ago and he had great fun taunting me by saying “how good” the issue was and “how sorry” he was that I was unable to read it yet and, no, he “wasn’t going to tell me” what happened because he didn’t want to spoil it for me, but yes, “it was all about building a Space Elevator”, etc., etc., etc. Arrrggghhh! In the meantime, here’s a review of the issue by someone who didn’t exactly find it enthralling… I’ll have to wait and see, of course, but I think I’ll go with Michael’s take on this one.
And finally, in response to a couple of emails I’ve received, no, I don’t have any further news on the Japan Space Elevator Conference. I promise I’ll post any updates as soon as I receive them.
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