Correcting the problem and moving forward (in Ben’s own words):
“We have engaged a new helicopter operator and are in the process of determining if they can do the job – we need to be more thorough on this aspect this time around. We are also pursuing other alternatives in order to make the next flight happen as soon as possible. (But no sooner!)”
Note that this problem affected only the cable assembly testing, not the laser testing (which went splendidly).
And also note that this problem does not affect the other half of the Space Elevator Games, the Strong Tether competition, which will happen next week at the Space Elevator Conference (note that you must be a paid attendee of the conference in order to watch this competition – yet another reason to come to the conference!).
Stay tuned to this blog or the official site of the Space Elevator Games for all the latest news.