LaserMotive has just announced an Open House on February 23rd for their new shop (mentioned earlier here). If you are in the Seattle area and have any interest at all in Space Elevators or the technology used in the Space Elevator Games or just want to talk to anyone from the LaserMotive team, here’s your chance to take a close-up tour.
Also, I did hear from LaserMotive’s Jordin Kare about what they were up to, especially at the recently concluded Photonics West Show:
[Space Elevator Blog – SEB] – Why did Lasermotive decide to use DILAS equipment in the 2007 Space Elevator Games?
[Jordin Kare – JK] – We had been talking to a couple of other companies, and had found at least one workable option, but we held off placing an order until after Photonics West. I talked to several manufacturers at last year’s Photonics West. I also talked to people I knew from a company I used to consult for, who are heavy users of laser diodes, and they strongly recommended I talk to DILAS. I spoke to Georg Treusch at PW, and we made a deal on the spot.
[SEB] – What factors will be most important to you and Lasermotive in deciding what power source you’ll be using in this year’s Games?
[JK] – Ease of development and overall project cost.
[SEB] – Will Lasermotive be attending the Photonics West show and will Lasermotive be “interviewing” with TRUMPF for possible use of their equipment?
[JK] – I’ll be at PW, but on behalf of my employer, not (primarily) LaserMotive. However, I’m sure I’ll talk to some of the laser companies while there. I won’t discuss (at least for publication) any particular plans.
[SEB] – What are Lasermotive’s goals for this year’s competition?
[JK] – Compete and win! Seriously, we have decided we’ll try to compete this year, despite the short schedule, but we are still deciding exactly what we’ll build — and we’re still very concerned about the feasibility of Spaceward’s proposed contest setup.
Thank you Jordin!