During the lunch break today, Ben Shelef of the Spaceward Foundation talked to the crowd about the Space Elevator Games, both Power-Beaming / Climber and Tether competitions.
In this picture, however, Ben is responding to a presentaton given earlier by Ivan Bekey, highlighting potential problems to the Space Elevator, this case space debris. Ben is pointing out that the problem is not as bad as feared; the great majority of debris is so small that it’s damage to the elevator is ‘manageable’, while the larger objects are so infrequent that moving the elevator can take care of it.
Mmmm, chocolate fudge cake. A note that Randy Lieberman (who spoke earlier) was responsible for the delicious lunch today. Thanks Randy!