Thank you…

I’m back, and the first thing I want to say is THANK YOU to all of my readers who took the time to post comments on the blog and/or to email me with their thanks.

It is truly appreciated.

Most of you can imagine how hard this is, but your comments make it all worth while.  This blog is truly a labor of love for me – I receive no compensation for my efforts (nor do I want any – you’ll note that there are no ads on this blog and there never will be) – I only want to see a Space Elevator built.

I think this blog is doing its part by helping to keep up the enthusiasm of the “Space Elevator Crowd” and to introduce the concept to newbies…

So, thank you again for letting me know that my efforts are appreciated.  I will respond personally over the next several days to those who sent me emails and will “comment on the comments” where appropriate.  But I just wanted to say a general “thank you” now to everyone…

2 thoughts on “Thank you…

  1. Keith Shultz

    I would just like to say that I think that making machines run by beams of light is really interesting. However, I just wish there could be more discussion/sluething to find out what the state of the art on producing strong fibers/ropes.
    Making good/fast climbers is certainly a tough task, but who really believes that can’t be done? The ultimate strength/durability of nanotube ropes is really the big question.
    For instance, the past week there was an article about Cambridge U. ropes that were quite strong. Why no big hoopla about this? Why no discussion about this? I know you and many others may not be directly involved, but cmon.

  2. David Filmer

    Wind seems a deciding factor. A small team of 4 of us had to cope with this some years ago when we were attempting to construct a man-powered aircraft to compete for the substantial prize for the first to cross the English Channel by man-powered flight.

    The craft was flimsy and could not take off if wind was over 5 MPH.

    We solved this by conducting our attempts at Greenham Common US Airbase just before Dawn.

    It is a well known fact, (or is it?!), that this is the most still part of the day, just before the sun starts to cause thermals.

    It means getting up early, but if teams want to have the best chance of success, they should press officials to allow attempts at the prize to take place at this time.

    There won’t be many witnesses about (even the press?), but it would avoid disasters like bits falling off the devices as we saw this year, and may even have enabled the best team to have won the prize.

    I hope that someone gets it next year, otherwise NASA will be accused of always increasing the targets to be just out of reach.

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