I want to briefly outline the role, as I see it, of the 2nd Biennial Space Elevator Workshop in the Space Elevator community.
The 1st Annual International Space Elevator Conference was held in Seattle, WA in 2002 and was hosted by Bradley Edwards through his company at the time, HighLift Systems. The 2nd Annual International Space Elevator Conference was hosted by me through the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2003 and was held in Santa Fe, NM. The 3rd Annual International Space Elevator Conference was held in Washington, DC in 2004 and sponsored by Bradley Edwards with his employer at the time, the Institute for Scientific Research.
Many changes beset the drivers behind these conferences in 2004 and so there was no 4th conference. We anticipate resurrecting the series in the near future as soon as our current concerns are successful. No one else emerged to create another conference until 2005.
Many of you caught the recent NOVA program that included a segment on the space elevator. It was a good program outling some of what is happening. If you missed it you can find it at the NOVA Science Now site (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3401/02.html).
Since there wasn't much heads-up for the NOVA show I thought I would try to give a little warning on the next one - Discovery Channel is having a piece on the space elevator airing January 28th. From what I have seen of it the show should be very good. All of this publicity is good but more word of mouth will help in some areas. The climber competition for 2007 is looking good but can always use more sponsors/advertisin revenue. Anyone who know of a corporate or organizational sponsor who is up for $50k to $500K sponsorship let Ben Shelef know. This level of sponsorship will get a lot of exposure both at the competition and in the extensive attention to follow.