Sander Olson of the Next Big Future kindly emailed me to let me know that his recent interview with Dr. Brad Edwards has now been posted at their website.
Most interesting quote (IMHO) from the interview:
Small quantities of some nanotubes have been made that are sufficiently strong to be used in a space elevator. We would obviously need to produce hundreds of tons of such nanotubes to build a space elevator. With sufficient funding, we could create a nanotube-based material appropriate for a space elevator within a couple of years.
That certainly sounds overly-optimistic to me, but who am I to argue with Dr. Edwards?
Anyway, it’s always interesting to get the current thoughts of Dr. Edwards and I recommend that you check out the interview.