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 – we 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.