One of the activities we have going on right now at the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is defining how the thing is actually going to work – with the most detail we can get. This “Concept of Operations” will then be used to drive Business Plans, plans that can show if/how a Space Elevator can be profitable.
We are now debating several different issues, one of them being will we or will we not have a Space Station attached to the Space Elevator somewhere in LEO? Of course we would like one, but there is a weight penalty that must be paid if we have it. It’s yet to be determined whether this is feasible or not.
What would we do with a Space Station? Well, Space Tourism is the obvious example, but another opportunity has just been brought to my attention.
If you’re Poker fans (like me), you are aware of the many tournaments held each year world-wide. I think a LEO Space Station would be an ideal location for yet another tournament – we could come with all sorts of interesting names for it (which I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader). And, it seems, that we won’t be the first location off-earth that will host a Poker event. CardsChat.com (along with Virgin Galactic) has come up with the outstanding idea of a Poker match between Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu – two of the top (if not the top) Holdem Poker players in the world (and now out of the world) today.
Read more about it here.