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LiftPort’s Michael Laine blogs (and blogs and blogs and blogs…) about LiftPort

If you want to know what’s going on in the mind of LiftPort’s Michael Laine these days, it’s not necessary to interview him – just check out his prolific blog postings over the past few days (here and here and here and here and here and here and here – and probably some more by the time I’ve posted this ūüôā )

Or, you could just¬†subscribe to¬†the LiftPort Blog postings…

More on LiftPort…

Alan Boyle, from MSNBC’s The Cosmic Log, has just¬†posted what, IMHO, is the most complete coverage (so far) on the problems at LiftPort and Michael Laine’s response to them.¬† Michael is going to go, full-bore, into trying to commercialize their balloon-platform product in an attempt to¬†save the company.¬† Alan’s article is very comprehensive and is highly recommended reading.

Michael, I can’t think of any brilliant ideas, at the moment, for your balloon-platform product, but you have my promise that a) I’m going to seriously think about it and b) if I come up with ANYTHING, I will surely let you know.

I call on the rest of the Space Elevator Community to do likewise.  LiftPort is too valuable to let it go under.  If you have a good idea, even a crazy idea, send it along to Michael Рwe may all benefit from it.

Also, at the Space Elevator Reference, Michael Laine has responded to Marc Boucher’s editorial on the issues at LiftPort.

LiftPort – RIP?

This was posted on the LiftPort blog on Monday.¬† Grim news, indeed…

If this is really true, I (and others) will have much to say in the near future, I’m sure.

The latest from Patrick over at the Space Elevator Journal…

Darnell Clayton from Colony Worlds posts his thoughts here

And the ever-present Brian Dunbar (from LiftPort) comments here

Finally, in a comment on a truly awesome posting from Almost Girl, the man, Michael Laine, posts his thoughts…

17APR07 РUpdate.  Michael Laine has given us his thoughts in a comment on this post.  And Marc Boucher, over at the Space Elevator Reference, has also posted his thoughts

Space Elevator Blog celebrates 1 year anniversary

All together now;

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Space Elevator Blog!
Happy birthday to you! 

Yes, I know it’s April Fools day, but this is no joke – one year ago today, I started this blog.¬† It’s been a fun year.¬† Highlights include;

  • Attending the 2nd Annual Space Elevator Games where I was¬†fortunate to be selected as¬†the “Official Blogger”.¬† I guess I did an OK job because I’ve been selected to be the “Official Blogger” for this year’s Games, too.¬† One of the best things about being at these Games was¬†interacting with¬†the leaders and members of the various teams that had entered.¬† They are a real “can-do” group and were a lot of fun to be around.
  • Attending the SESI2007 Conference where I gave a presentation; “Who will build the first, earth-based Space Elevator”.¬† Also at this conference, I¬†was able to¬†spend time¬†with most of the “hard-core” Space Elevator junkies – always an “uplifting” (pun intended) experience…
  • Meeting such luminaries in the field such as Brad Edwards, Bryan Laubscher, Ben Shelef, Michael Laine and Tom Nugent – people who have been involved in this project for a lot longer than I have.
  • Understanding, to a much greater degree than before, how a Space Elevator really is going to work and being able to intelligently (at least I hope it’s intelligently) think about problems and alternatives.¬† At the recently concluded SESI2007 Conference, Bryan Laubscher gave a talk on the basics of what the current model of a Space Elevator is and how/why it would work.¬† I¬†understand things well enough now that I could have given his talk (though I would have punted had someone in the audience asked me some arcane, technical question about ribbon harmonics or something similar – being able to understand that is next year’s project ūüôā ).
  • Watching the traffic at this site steadily grow.¬† I don’t know exactly how many visitors I’ve had since the site has started because a) I didn’t keep statistics for the first couple of months and b) Sitemeter (my stat-counter) has occasionally just “died” and¬†consequently lost count of some of the visitors.¬† But in the first year, I’ve had well over 28,000 visitors – and that’s a number I’m pretty happy with.¬† Traffic peaked during the Space Elevator Games; on October 23rd of last year, this site had 1,966 visitors and¬†well over 4,000 page views.¬† For the 7-day period of October 18th through October 24th, this site had 10,308 visitors – people wanted to hear about the Space Elevator Games and I (to the best of my knowledge) was the only one doing real-time reporting from the event.¬† Having people mention this site, such as David Livingston on his Space Show and Mat Kaplan on The Planetary Society’s Radio show has helped immensely.¬† I think¬†my continually posting fresh material has helped, too – no one likes visiting a site that hasn’t been updated regularly.¬† This posting will be my 579th on this blog.
  • Being able to join one of the four teams that were created at the recently concluded SESI2007 Conference.¬† As I reported earlier, these teams have been set up to further the vision of a Space Elevator.¬† The team I’ve joined,¬†the “technology” team, is headed up by Brad Edwards.¬†¬†Working with someone with his knowledge and¬†vision is going to be very exciting – I just hope I can keep up…

So, what will the next year bring?¬† Who knows?¬† We’re all waiting for the breakthrough in carbon nanotube research that will allow a Space Elevator to be built.¬† If/when that happens, this whole¬†idea will instantly change from an “interesting intellectual exercise” to a real project.¬† I have every intention of being involved in any way I can.

In the meantime, I’ll watch and report everything¬†I can find which is Space-Elevator related and I will do whatever I can to further this project along.¬† In addition to working with Brad Edward’s technology team, I’m planning on attending and live-blogging¬†this year’s Space Elevator Games and will make every effort to attend the inagural EuroSpaceward version of the Games in 2008.

Stay tuned!

Emerging Asia

During the recently completed SESI2007 conference, I gave a presentation on who, IMHO, would build the first earth-based Space Elevator.  I identified several likely candidates and then narrowed it down to two possibilities; a consortium of US businesses which had struck a deal with the US Government or a Joint Venture between the governments of Dubai (part of the UAE) and India.  Without going through the whole presentation, my reasons for this conclusion were this; while the Space Elevator is a source of enormous potential wealth, no government (Dubai/India excepted) would take the risk to build it.  Rather, I had identified American business entrepeneurs as people who might well take this risk, but also thought the same about the government of Dubai.  This government has much in common with corporations, being flexible, adaptable and able to make decisions without resorting to a myriad of committees.  With them having the vision to drive the project (and the finances to pay for it), they need a partner.  India struck me as the right one; they are an emerging country, possessing an increasingly well-trained and technological-savvy work force.  They are a nuclear power and have a real military and a real space program.  They also have direct sea-lane access to two of the six potential Earth Port sites, including a favored one off the west coast of Australia.  But I had one more reason for picking them, their long-standing rivalry with China.  I think India would do much to leapfrog China and participating in the building a Space Elevator would be a perfect project for them.

I bring this all up now because of this blog posting from Centauri Dreams.  Scientist and Sci-Fi author Gregory Benford recently took a trip to the Asian subcontinent and wrote an absolutely fascinating account of his journey.  It has several connections to the Space Elevator (though none are explicitly mentioned).  First, he meets with Arthur C. Clarke, the person who is most responsible for the popularization of the idea.  Second, he describes India as an awakening giant and has this to say about their rivalry with China;

“Similarly, the Indian space program sees itself as a rival to China, not to the US or Europe. It will be amusing if audacious moves in space come from Asia as a regional competition, just as the US-USSR contest drove the first decades.”

This strikes me as absolutely accurate, though not very amusing.  And, as an aside (and something I forgot to mention in my presentation), India will be hosting this years International Astronautical Congress (for the second time), a convention that, in the past, has had a Space Elevator theme as one of its tracks.

Finally, as I blogged about many months ago, I attended a Skeptics conference last year, one where this same Gregory Benford was a speaker.  In a Q&A session after his presentation (and in a private conversation after that), he and I talked about a Space Elevator.

Just an interesting coincidence perhaps…

Read the blog entry; it truly is fascinating.  And remember what I predict about Dubai (UAE) and India Рyou heard it here first.

Dave Barry comments on the Space Elevator

Search engines are weird sometimes; yesterday they found this Howard Lovy June 27, 2004 blog entry on Space Elevators.¬† It’s an interesting blog entry in and of itself and it links to a video I hadn’t seen before, an interview with Brad Edwards.

But the real prize in this blog entry was its mention of a Dave Barry column on the Space Elevator.¬† The link to the column doesn’t work anymore, but I hunted around and found an archived copy of it – you can view it here.¬† It’s typical Dave Barry stuff – pretty funny…

Can U Say … Tower of Babel?

I can’t remember when I have enjoyed a comment thread more than the one attached to this Blog posting.

Jeremy¬†is convinced that current efforts to build a Space Elevator are a sign of the imminent return of Christ.¬† Brian Dunbar, from LiftPort, tries to gently engage¬†him in some rational conversation.¬† For his pains, he’s told that he’s trying to interpret scripture with a “carnal mind” and that he’s persecuting Jeremy…

For shame, Brian… ūüôā

LiftPort Newsletters

I’ve added the capability¬†for¬†readers of this blog¬†to be able to directly subscribe to the LiftPort Newsletters.¬† If you scroll down and look¬†on the sidebar, you’ll see it, after the various link categories.

LiftPort is making a major push to increase their Newsletter subscription and asked if I would help – I’m very happy to do so.

So, if you want to be able to get the news from LiftPort “hot off the presses” without having to wait for me¬†to¬†mention it out on this blog, I highly recommend that you sign up.¬† I’m hopeful of many good things coming from LiftPort in the near future¬†and you’ll be among the first to hear it them if you subscribe.

Megastructures

Readers of Arthur C. Clarke’s Fountains of Paradise or 3001 know of a structure he proposed; essentially a giant ring around the earth connecting multiple space elevators together.¬† Something like this would provide an enormous increase in living space and a save haven for millions in the event of a planetary wide catastrophe.

Paul Lucas discusses this and other megastructures in this very interesting web posting.¬† People who “think big” enough to be comfortable with the idea of a Space Elevator should also be comfortable with other concepts Mr. Lucas discusses.

Early Space Elevators

This “future history” description of (eventually) four space elevators being built is, IMHO, quite interesting.¬† It also shows how technology can quickly change things.¬† The Space Elevators described in this 2003 web piece are 1) land-based, 2) were not launched for a long time after the technology was available because of the “cost of transporting the vast mass required” and 3) the fear of equatorial countries¬†of having “thousands of kilometers of cable falling on their heads”.¬† All of this thinking has changed, of course, thanks to Dr. Edwards and his cohorts…

Click on the picture or visit the website for a larger version…

Horizons

This review of a new book by Mary Rosenblum, Horizons, along with favorable comments about it on Amazon.com, have induced me to buy this book.¬† I’ve posted before about how, IMHO, a very interesting sub-culture would eventually emerge on Space Elevator structures, and this book seems to have this idea as its background.

If I ever become a fiction author (and the thought has crossed my mind more than once), this is the subject I’d probably tackle first – I think it is fascinating grist to be explored.

Once I’ve read this book, I’ll post¬†my own¬†review of it.

(Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the book cover)

Next Stop Space Elevator

At the Universe Blog, the author opines about the paradigm shift in thinking required to bring about a Space Elevator – and the resulting paradigm shift that it would make.

The line that grabbed me the most was this one; “Think about it. No thunderous rocketry. No risky landings. Rockets are so expensive — and launching them so damn burdensome — that they will probably always keep the democratization of space travel at bay.”

Is that really true?¬† Lately, I’ve started paying some attention to the private (enterprise) rocketry crowd and I hear claims that they think they will be eventually be able to bring payloads to LEO for “hundreds of dollars per kilogram”.¬† Them’s Space Elevator numbers…

Can they do it?¬† I don’t know.¬† I do know that I’ve been unquestioningly accepting the fact that “rocket launches will always be expensive and always be dangerous”, a mistake I don’t intend to keep on repeating.¬† NASA and government rocket launches are expensive and risky, that doesn’t mean they are intrinsically so.

Incidentally, the pen and ink concept drawing of an Ocean-based Lift platform (from the LiftPort archives) that is included in the article is really quite lovely.

Of course, just because something is done with private enterprise in control (or at least involved), doesn’t guarantee that things will be successful, as this recent video of a commercial Sea Launch Zenit¬†3SL gone bad shows;

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I found it ironic that they cut to the Sea Launch logo immediately after the blast; it seemed like they were saying “This disaster brought to you by Sea Launch”…

More on Brad Edwards, Black Line Ascension, Michael Laine and the Easter Bunny

Over at BlogCritics, there’s an interesting set of comments on Dr. Brad Edwards latest venture (including comments from both Dr. Edwards and Michael Laine, among others).¬† It’s worth a read…

(PS – there’s actually nothing in there about the Easter Bunny – I just thought it looked good in the Title)

Space Debris

Patrick Boake, in this blog entry, discusses Space Debris.¬† I’ve seen the video he’s posted here before¬†– it really is rather alarming.

I’ve written before that I think the idea of moving the¬†Space Elevator out of the way of “Space Debris” or active satellites or whatever is the wrong way to go.¬† Put a big laser on the station(s) and just zap the¬†offending items¬†out of existence.¬† And, for those few items in orbit which are a) still active and b) get in the way, offer a free launch of a new satellite to replace the old one.

LiftPort Energy debuts…

From the new LiftPort Energy website: “Imagine a future when space faring humans are common thanks to the Space Elevator. These are the products that would make life possible offworld, where fossil fuel energy is scarce. Think of the benefits of space energy, right here on Earth.”

Frankly, I’m not too sure what to make of this new venture.¬† If it keeps the lights on, well and good and¬†I certainly wish them well, of course.

The LiftPort blog announcement is here.  Steelsphere.com weighs in here.

Scraping the sky

Over at E’S FLAT, AH’S FLAT TOO, Rahul relates how Professor Mark Welland, FRS, considers the idea of Space Elevator to be nonsense; “any undergraduate physics student could tell you why it was nonsense and¬†this sort of irresponsible hype in the press had done great damage to nanoscience.”

I googled Dr. Welland, and he certainly does seem to have a lot of credentials.¬† I am going to attempt to contact Dr. Welland and ask him why the idea of a Space Elevator is “nonsense.”

Solar Power Satellites to Reforge Political Landscape?

On the LiftPort Blog, Tom Nugent has posted some thoughts as to which nations, more than others, might see Solar Power Satellites (SPS) as being very valuable from a national security perspective.

I completely agree.¬† I think that deploying SPS is the “killer app” for a Space Elevator.¬† I also think it’s a reason why being first in deploying a Space Elevator might not be the huge advantage its often touted to be.¬† For example, I could see a country, like Japan, deploying their own Space Elevator(s), even if others already exist, just from a Security standpoint.

The Space Elevator Journal debuts…

A new site for Space Elevator fans and junkies has turned up, Patrick Boake’s Space Elevator Journal.

Patrick¬†contributed Return on Investment to the “LiftPort: Opening Space to Everyone” book.¬† His brief bio in that book states, in part; “Patrick Boake is a freelance techno-journalist in Toronto, Canada.”

Patrick has also set up a Google-based Space Elevator Search Engine.

Welcome, Patrick.¬† I hope¬†you’ll be able to provide us with, among other things, on-the-spot updates¬†from the Canadian teams as they get ready to compete for the 2007 Space Elevator Games.

Space Elevators and Legos

I’ve posted about this before, the First Lego League (FLL) has a “Nano Quest Challenge“, including the design (with Legos, of course) of a Space¬†Elevator.¬† This is uber-cool.

The NXT-STEP is keeping us updated on events in this competition.

The UBC SnowStar team, the same that was in this year’s Space Elevator Games, visited the Robotics Club to give them the benefit of their experience and expertise.¬† We also learn that UBC’s Steve Jones still plays with Legos (a mark of distinction) and went to Austria earlier this year to participate in a paper airplane contest…

Disneyland’s Space Elevator

Of COURSE this is a good idea.¬† As someone who has ridden Space Mountain perhaps a bit too often¬†(“Mommy, why doesn’t Daddy want to go on any other rides?”), Disney and a Space Elevator go together like Fish and Chips and Ham and Eggs (apologies to all of the Vegans out there…).

But I don’t see it happening by “January of 2007″…

Comment Analysis

Over at the LiftPort Blog, Manuel Antonio Cuba (Latin American Research Coordinator) has posted a very interesting analysis of comments relating to the Space Elevator concept that were posted on Spanish-language sites.¬† It’s too long for me to summarize his analysis¬†in a short blog posting, so I recommend that you jump over there and read it for yourself.¬† One set of statistics that stood out, though, were that “3 % of people who made negative comments think that we should burn in hell.”¬† I’m not going to worry about that one too much…

Centennial Challenges – making progress but under threat

Over at hobbyspace.com, TopSpacer writes that “…funding for the Centennial Challenges program¬†will be zeroed out for 2007 if the current Senate version of the NASA appropriations bill becomes law.”¬† He further writes, however,¬†“Regardless of this bill, the pool of money for the CC will keep the current Challenges going till 2010. However, there will be no new challenges and a couple that were almost ready to be implemented will be killed.”

Hmmm, are we in imminent danger or aren’t we?

Space Elevator Game Media Roundup

There have been many, many articles and blog entries¬†which have been published over the past several days discussing the 2006 Space Elevator Games.¬† I’m going to list them all in this posting as, while the articles aren’t exactly the same, the theme of them generally are.¬† If I run across an article that has a decidedly different take on things, I’ll break it out into a separate post.¬† Otherwise, you’ll find them¬†accumulated here.

I’ll be listing them by date they were published and will keep this posting up-to-date, at least over the next few weeks.¬† If you spot a duplicate article (many times a particular publication will just reprint someone else’s story – giving credit, of course), please let me know and I’ll pull it.¬† We have enough originals that we don’t need the duplicates ūüôā

26 October, 2006

* Thrills and Spills at the X-Prize Cup РBBC (Thanks to commenter Andrew Swallow) 

* X-Prize Space Elevator Race Ends With No Winners – Space.com

* Actually, they really are rocket scientists – Toronto Star

25 October, 2006

* Explorers Web Special: The People’s race for space – XPrize Cup 2006 – Python.com

24 October, 2006

* No Winner in Space Elevator Competition – dailytech.com

* Space Elevator Games – RocketBoom.com

23 October, 2006

* Space Elevator Games 2006 Wrap-up by Dr. Brad Edwards – Space Elevator Reference

* Robot Climber comes oh-so-close to prize – MSNBC.com

* Canadian space elevator teams caught up in rules dispute – cbc.ca

* Climbers Fail to Lasso Prize – Wired.news

* Space elevator falls short of prize – Seattle Times

* Clarifications on Space Elevator Games Media – Space Elevator Reference

* Nobody is winner in the NASA X Prize games – Star-Telegram.com

* No elevator winner … yet – Astroprof’s Page

* No winners in Space Elevator Games this year – earthtimes.org

* To boldly go where no man has gone before … (Up the ribbon?) – Digital Dharma

* Amateur rocketeers reach for space – CNN.com

* Take the elevator to heaven – The Standard

22 October, 2006

* Thrills and Spills abount at rocket fest – MSNBC.com

* Space Elevator Competition Extended One Day – Space.com

* Tensions rise at space elevator challenge – NewScientist.com

* Space Elevator Games Over for this Year – Space Elevator Reference

21 October, 2006

* NASA Space Elevator Competition in the New Mexico Desert – Daily Tech

* Space Elevator Update – Day 2 – USST has winning run – Space Elevator Reference

* Canadians vie for Space Elevator Victory – cbc.ca

20 October, 2006

* Handicapping the Space Elevator Games РSpace.com 

* Space Elevator Games Update from Dr. Brad Edwards – Space Elevator Reference

* Space Elevator Competition Update Day 1 – Space Elevator Reference

* Space Elevator Competition Day 1 – Update 2 – Space Elevator Reference

* Space Elevator scandal – NewScientist.com blog

* UBC Snowstar Team Makes it Six Qualified for Today’s Space Elevator Competition – Space Elevator Reference

* Space Elevator Update – NewScientist.com blog

19 October, 2006

* Nowhere to Go But Up – Wired News

* Space Elevator Visions Going Up – latimes.com

* Fifth Team Qualifies for the Space Elevator Games and In the News – Space Elevator Reference

18 October, 2006

* Space Elevator Games Qualification Update РSpace Elevator Reference 

Unknown Date

* NASA’s Space Elevator Competition – The Future of Things

Yet another reason to build a Space Elevator

The Russian Parliament voted against sending Madonna to the ISS, 252-42.  Oh the humanity!!

If we had a Space Elevator, she could just book a ride to ISS orbit, hop a shuttle craft, and pop on over (yes I know I’m oversimplifying).¬† I’m not sure why the Russians refused her money – they’ve allowed others to pay their way to the ISS.

Perhaps LiftPort can talk her into being an investor…

Interview with Spaceward Foundation’s Ben Shelef

On Ben King’s Blog, he mentions that he has just completed a TV spot discussing the Space Elevator.¬† The Blog entry is here.¬† When I went to view the spot, I found that, in addition to a brief summary of what the Space Elevator is, there is also an interview with The Spaceward Foundation / Elevator 2010’s Ben Shelef.

There is a link to the TV spot on Ben’s blog – or you can access it directly here.

2000 tonne per day space elevator

Keith Henson proposes “…the design of a moving, non-tapered space elevator cable threaded through a system of pulleys that increase the number of supporting strands as the space elevator approaches geostationary orbit (GEO)”.

He gives a link to, I guess, a posting of this paper on the LiftPort forums but for some reason I can’t access it.¬† I know the idea of a pulley system has been floated around in the past – this is just the latest posting I’ve seen on this subject.

Until I can read the actual paper, I¬†can’t comment on it.¬† But the abstract, accessed here, sounds interesting…

A rebuttal from David Stodolsky states that “While solar power satellites could make a contribution, they are not¬†going to solve climatic problems. And as ongoing European Space¬†Agency studies show, no new technology, such as space elevators is¬†needed to activate the plan.”

Oh really?

A joke for the ages

I’ve posted links to stories before, stories that have a Space Elevator theme.¬† This one is a bit different, and the Space Elevator is only used as a backdrop.¬† But I think it works.

I understand that in the early days of cruise ships, a “culture” did emerge, complete with expected practices and ceremonies.¬† Now that they’ve become more affordable and more commonplace, that’s all gone.¬†¬†If the Space Elevator ever starts transporting tourists, perhaps a similar culture may also emerge as polish_sausage theorizes…

Prefers someone who looks good in zero gravity…

Well now I know we’ve arrived, or, have at least become mundane.¬† From ghosts & admissions:

“SBM-Single Brown Male 20- Looking for woman aged 18-23.
Looking for someone with strong math comprehension who can assist in his space elevator design. Prefers someone who looks good in zero gravity and has a firm grasp on nebular dynamics.”

Can Dr. Phil be far behind?

“Masters Mod (mod for SE4)”

I use FeedDemon 2 to do the majority of my web-searching for Space Elevator-related items.  Most of the items it flags for me are current, or relatively so.  But once in a while it finds something that is several months old (or even older).

Such was the case today when¬†it found a blog posting from October, 2005, talking about a modification to the PC-based game; Space Empires IV.¬† This modification adds, among others, the following “racial trait” to the game;

“Megascale Masters – Your race has mastered the art of managing huge megascale construction projects. Your economy will get an early boost from the construction of space elevators, and larger ship hulls will help you as the game progresses.”

I had earlier reported how the Space Elevator (the ruins of one) will be in the newest version of Halo.¬† This mod to Space Empires IV seems to be yet another indication that the idea of Space Elevators is becoming more well known.¬† And, if we can introduce this idea to a bunch of gamers, then LiftPort will have a steady supply of all the new techno-geeks that they will need ūüôā

Blogger responses to Nicola Pugno study

There have been a lot of blogger posts about the Nicola Pugno study.¬† Rather than continue to put each one in a separate entry, I’m going to combine them in this one.

02JUN06

At Advanced Technology, David Louisa is optimistic

At Space.QJ.Net, they’re concentrating on which channel of Muzak should be playing.

Space.com’s take on it…

31MAY06

Over at The End of the Universe, Captain Xerox (copy that) is all doom-and-gloom

29MAY06

Eric Zorn is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune and he’s one of my favorite reads.¬† In his blog “Change of Subject“, he wrote this: “The idea of a space elevator was popularized in science fiction, where writers envisioned a 100,000-kilometre-long cable stretching straight up from the Earth’s surface and fixed in a geosynchronous orbit. Payloads, or tourists, would simply ascend the cable into low-Earth orbit, eliminating the need for rocket launches.” Nature.com discusses the latest research. (via Digg)“.¬† The Nature.com story is, of course, the negative one saying that a carbon nanotubes won’t work because of their “inherent defects.”¬† It’s nice to have the Space Elevator mentioned by someone with such a large audience, but anyone looking at only this story will not see the other side of the story.¬† I left a comment directing people to my blog – others may wish to point his readers to other information.

28MAY06

At sciscoop.com, Chad quotes Clarke’s First Law in response.

27MAY06

At Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds is not discouraged.

Neither is Brent Kearney.

Bill Christensen at Technovelgy.com weighs in

26MAY06

The Slashdot crowd weighs in¬†with several hunred comments in their thread on the subject…

25MAY06

Skeptipundit says “…does seem that there are some new challenges to overcome.”

Colony Worlds opines that it’s much too soon to draw conclusions.

Tom Nugent at LiftPort is not discouraged.

At the Velcro City Tourist Board (cool name, that), he’s disappointed but not discouraged.¬† He also weighs in on the Space Pier option.

futurismic’s Armchair Anarchist says we’ve created a blogstorm.

LiftPort’s Brian Dunbar says that nothing has really changed.

24MAY06

At My Corner of the Universe, blogger Cameron Peters hopes that despite the objections of Nicola Pugno, he’ll still be able to take a ride in a Space Elevator.

At advanced nanotechnology, blogger Brian Wang weighs in with his opinion, that the Space Pier is a superior concept and can be built with today’s materials.

22MAY06

At Pop Philosophy, Daniel Moore comments.

Hyperion Court weighs in on Space Elevators, including the latest controversy.  As always, Brian was there ahead of me.

Paper Critiques Space Elevator and Scientists Overstate Their Case

One of my favorite websites is Anthonares.¬† The current essay responds to Nicola Pugno’s article claiming that Space Elevator’s are impossible with today’s technology (including carbon nanotubes).¬†¬†The author, Anthony Kendall, is not dismayed by Pugno’s claims and offers his take on how the issues raised might be addressed.

BrickHeap Wars Space Elevator Challenge Results

This is cool.¬† Last Saturday there was a Space Elevator robot challenge, held in the Seattle area.¬† Several teams competed to build Lifters out of identical Lego Kits.¬† The objective was¬†to climb a “Space Elevator” (a 7 foot long, 2 inch wide nylon ribbon) to deliver a “payload” (golfballs) to the “satellite” (a large brass ring).

Lots of pictures and videos at this website.

Halo 3 and the Space Elevator

Anybody into gaming knows that Halo 2 is far and away the most popular game released for the Microsoft XBOX platform.  The company that produced Halo and Halo 2, Bungie, has now announced Halo 3.  The announced release date is sometime in 2007 and the game is designed for the new XBOX platform, XBOX 360.

What has this got to do with a Space Elevator?  On AdamCreighton.com, I found an announcement that a new trailer / teaser for Halo 3 has just been released.  The scene shown is in New Mombasa, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, along with the wreckage of a Space Elevator.

You can view the high-res version of the trailer here and the lo-res¬†version here.¬† Unless you have a high-speed internet connection, stick with the lo-res – they’re big files.

I’m glad¬†the Space Elevator will make it to such a popular gaming platform, but¬†wish it was there as something other than¬†wreckage.¬† Still, I guess it’s progress…