And I’m late on this, but now finally starting to catch up on my postings…
Noted science writer (and Keynote speaker at the 2014 ISEC Space Elevator Conference) Leonard David put up a story at space.com about the space elevator. He attended all three days of the conference and used what he learned there as a basis for his thoughts about the space elevator. Money quote from the article:
“The next steps for the development of space-elevator infrastructures are focused around the creation and funding of a Space Elevator Institute,” [Dr. Peter ]Swan said. The institute would fund research projects addressing critical issues.
The development of prototype experiments, including tether material design for tensile strength, would be funded by the Space Elevator Institute, he added.”
It’s a very good article about the conference and space elevator technology.