Almost everyone who is interested in Space Elevators and is at all Internet-savvy knows the website The Space Elevator Reference. This site is the original Space Elevator site and remains a “must-visit” for anyone who is interested in the subject.
Marc Boucher is the author of this site (as well as others, most notably, IMHO, SpaceRef.com – a site I’ve written about several times before – if you’re not already signed up for their daily alerts/news, you should be). One of the many good things which happened to me at the recent Space Elevator Games was the opportunity to meet and work with Marc. He and I had corresponded a bit over the past year, but I’d never met him before this year’s Games.
Marc was the person responsible for the webcams at this year’s Games (thank you Marc) as well as a number of notable photos posted on the Space Elevator Reference website. If you haven’t visited this site and seen Marc’s coverage of the games, you’re missing a treat.
He was also interviewed yesterday (the 30th) by Dr. David Livingston on the Space Show. Dr. Livingston does a very thorough job on biographies – here is an excerpt from Marc’s bio…
“Marc Boucher is an entrepreneur, technologist, explorer and bon vivant. He came into his own when spurred on by his brother, he decided to start his first business in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. Boucher is the founder of aTerra Technologies, co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive, co-founder of the Mars Institute and has ideas about starting other new ventures. aTerra Technologies focuses on Internet technologies, in particular data gathering and aggregation, vertical search, web development and is best known for developing original content properties and web crawlers…In June of 2000 SpaceRef announced it had licensed SpaceRef content to the Discovery Channel. Today SpaceRef is one of the leading online space news sites comprising 14 web sites in its network and growing. SpaceRef has also begun to modestly sponsor research by first donating the Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse to the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) in 2002. In addition SpaceRef has been managing webcams for the HMP since the summer of 2000. Boucher himself has had the pleasure to participate in the HMP as an Exploration Research Co-Investigator for five field seasons and has been to the high-Arctic base three times, once in the summer of 2000, then 2002 and in 2005. The Mars Institute is a non-profit research institute co-founded by Boucher in the fall of 2002 at the World Space Congress in Houston.”
His interview is quite interesting and is well worth listening to. It can be found here.
It was very nice to meet you and work with you Marc – here’s hoping that we’ll be working events together in the future. And, thank you so much for your photo showing proof positive that aliens were monitoring the Games…