On yesterday’s Space Show, Dr. David Livingston interviewed Liftport’s President & CEO Michael Laine. Michael described, in painful detail, how he and LiftPort arrived at their current situation. There were a number of great quotes from Michael during this show, among them being;
“I’d rather build an elevator to space than cure cancer.”
“I’d rather build an elevator to space than an office building.”
And my favorite; “We can make a fair amount of money off the tethered towers.” The title of this web posting was derived from that quote. Michael was quite clear; LiftPort is now going to concentrate on generating revenue from their Tethered tower product/technology. If they can’t make this work, then they are going to close the doors of LiftPort….
They have a new website devoted to this new focus, www.TetheredTowers.com.
I urge all of those interested in the concept of the Space Elevator to listen to this interview.