Space Elevator: February 2006

I'm starting to collect the papers from the recent Space Elevator sessions of the 2005 International Astronautical Congress held in Fukuoka, Japan.

If you were a presenter and I have not contacted you yet you I'll be contacting you shortly for permission to post your paper. Or you can send it to me at "marc.boucher AT".

Papers from the 2004 conference sessions can be found here.

According to Edward Brophy the February 3rd NPR Science Friday show includes some good discussion on the Space Elevator in the 2nd hour of the show.

Well I've relented and have decided to open posts for comments with one small caveat, I will moderate them. This of course will take some time as the spambots will no doubt try their best to get in. So please be patient when posting comments as it may take a few hours before I can approve them.

LiftPort Group Completes Second Round of Tests...: "LiftPort Group Completes Second Round of Tests of Its Space Elevator Technology under FAA Waiver"

It's good to see some progress by a company dedicated to building a Space Elevator. Now if we could only find more seed more for the core technologies needed to make this vision a reality.

From the press release: "In this phase of testing, conducted earlier this month in Arizona, LiftPort successfully launched an observation and communication platform a full mile in the air and maintained it in a stationery position for more than six hours while robotic lifters climbed up and down a ribbon attached to the platform. The platform, a proprietary system that the company has named "HALE" (High Altitude Long Endurance), was secured in place by an arrangement of high altitude balloons, which were also used to launch it. The robotic lifters measured five feet, six inches and climbed to a height of more than 1500 feet, surpassing its last test record by more than 500 feet."