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Thursday, June 25th, 2009
2:45 am
Wierd Thoughts...
I have a general idea what the space elevator concept is, but I want to take this second to mention a strange dream I recently had... In the dream, I looked out a window and long cigar shaped craft was riding up into the air diagonally on what looked to be a focused beam of light ending from space all the way to the ground (I realize space elevators typically go 'straight up' and typically on a tether). In the dream I was totally lead to believe this could be a space elevator carrying humans.

The dream causes me to wonder if physicists will discover 'some other other way' (magnetism or something that works similar similar?) to move a car up and down before a solid tether becomes feasible... After all even the tether is sorta 'easier said than done'(?)
Friday, July 18th, 2008
11:59 pm
First Day of the 2008 Space Elevator Conference
Hey all,

Today was the first day of the 2008 Space Elevator Conference in Redmond, Washington! For those of you unable to make it Marc Bouchard at the Space Elevator Reference and Ted Semon at the Space Elevator Blog have great rundowns on their blogs. Check them out here:


Join the space elevator discussion in the official space elevator yahoogroup:


Friday, March 21st, 2008
4:42 pm
screen follies
Looking into the mysteries of screen [1] I ran across this ..
In X-windows world screen inspired several minimalist windows managers that is usually bungled with linux mini-distributions.
Sure it's a typo. But I am not fully convinced that it is.

[1] Specifically, I wanted to modify the status screen to include the host name I was on. This appears [2] to be More Bother than I wanted to get into, so we'll just leave 'hostname' in the prompt where it belongs.

[2] For a number of reasons to arcane to get into here.
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
9:09 pm
Defeat, sound of
This is what defeat sounds like ...

... in Phnom Penh former Cambodian prime minister Sirik Matak wrote to John Gunther Dean, the American ambassador, turning down his offer of evacuation:

Dear Excellency and Friend:

I thank you very sincerely for your letter and for your offer to transport me towards freedom. I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you, and in particular for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty. You have refused us your protection, and we can do nothing about it. You leave, and my wish is that you and your country will find happiness under this sky. But, mark it well, that if I shall die here on the spot and in my country that I love, it is no matter, because we all are born and must die. I have only committed this mistake of believing in you [the Americans].

Please accept, Excellency and dear friend, my faithful and friendly sentiments.

S/Sirik Matak

Wikipedia notes Prince Sirik Matak and the officials that remained along with him, were executed by the Khmer Rouge on April 21, 1975, in Phnom Penh.

Cross Posted to The Daily Brief.
Thursday, April 12th, 2007
10:59 am
Happy Cosmonautics Day!
Today, 46 years ago, in April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin made first in human history space flight across the Earth on "Vostok" spaceship! I'm proud to be born the same day as him and hope to repeat his great deed one day!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
11:22 am
News Articles
There has been a lot of activity on the space elevator front in the past couple of months. Here are some articles to keep you up to date:

Russia Studies Exotic Lunar Elevator, Space.com, 12/04/06
Protecting Nasa's Prizes, MSNBC, 12/01/06
An elevator to space … out of this world?, Kansas City Star, 11/29/06
Space Elevator 2007 Competition Registration Open and new Rulebooks, Space Elevator Reference, 11/20/06
Interview with Ben Shelef, Space Elevator Blog, 11/20/06
Space elevator ride may kill humans due to ionizing radiation, Engadget, 11/14/06
Space elevators: 'First floor, deadly radiation!', New Scientist, 11/13/06
Onward (and upward), Rocky Mountain News, 11/11/06
New YouTube Space Elevator videos, Space Elevator Blog, 11/05/06
Actually, they really are rocket scientists, Toronto Star, 10/26/06
NASA's First Annual Space Elevator Competition ends with no winners, Engadget, 10/24/06
Robot climber comes oh-so-close to prize, MSNBC, 10/23/06
Tensions rise at space elevator challenge, New Scientist, 10/22/06
Canadians vie for space elevator victory, CBC News, 10/21/06
Nowhere to Go But Up, Wired.com, 10/19/06 (Videos)
Even on the ground, space elevators may have uses, New Scientist, 09/26/06
Nasa hopes to catch an elevator to space, Guardian, 09/03/06
Can high wi-fi boost space elevator?, MSNBC, 08/03/06
Interview with Dr. Bradley Edwards, KeithCU.com, 10/14/05
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
1:06 am
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
8:21 am
Two articles on Stephen Hawking's call for humans to colonize space in order to ensure the survival of the species. In the article it is suggested that a space elvator may be the means to reach these ends.
Will An 'Elevator To The Top' Ever Mean Truly To The Top, Investors.com
Hawking says space is the place...to live, News.com

A study by Nicola Pugno of the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy claims that Nanotubes may not reach the 62 gigapascals of tension when produced in mass quantity. This is the amount of tension that the ribbion would need to withstand to create a functioning space elevator.
Nanotubes Might Not Have the Right Stuff, Space.com

Jeff Bezos is using his millions he earned from Amazon.com to start up a new space transportation company called Blue Origin. The company is working to develop a "reusable, vertical-takeoff-and-landing rocket ship called the New Shepard."
Blue's Rocket Clues, MSNBC.com

Here is a review of the new Liftport book.
Book Review: Liftport: Opening Space To Everyone, Blogcritics.com

Not all bad news on the nanotube front.
Rice develops novel method to sort nanotubes by diameter, Rice.edu

Spaceward Foundation dangles another prize in $250,000 Telerobotic Challenge.
Spaceward Foundation and NASA create US$250,000 Telerobotic Challenge, Gizmag.com
Sunday, April 9th, 2006
3:28 pm
Here are a few good space elevator related blogs and websites for those of you that are interested. Please add more links in the comments.


The Space Elevator Blog

LiftPort Staff Blog

Space For Commerce, LiftPort's Brian Dunbar's personal blog

StarClimber blog

and this seems tangentially related:

Spacescraper blog


Squidoo Space Elevator page

Space Elevator Reference
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
1:26 pm
new community

new community devoted to Mars. Please join!
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
11:03 am
Other launch systems: balloons?
OK, maybe this is a TOTALLY stupid question, but my degree's in Journalism, not Physics:

Is there ANY significant advantage to lifting a launch vehicle as high as possible before launching it?
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
9:11 am
This space elevator article was on Yahoo's frontpage last night.
Monday, October 17th, 2005
12:02 am
Interview with SpaceElevator proponent Dr. Bradley Edwards.

The money will eventually come. With a space elevator, the day you build it and the first elevator you send up, the value of the company will easily become ten times what was put into it, with just the market that’s available; and that’s assuming you don’t do anything intelligent like build the next one at a much lower cost, or develop new commercial applications, etc.


It would be great if we could get NASA involved but I don’t know where they would fit, and I don’t feel obligated to get them to fit. If private enterprise comes up and says here’s the money, lets go do it, then we should do it. There’s a whole lot more money in the private side of our economy than the public side. So if a project comes up which has a good business case, then private enterprise will get right on it. In terms of resources that NASA could reallocate, it’s pretty limited. A lot of their resources are tied up, unless they were to shut down one of their centers. The billion dollars a year they’re spending on is all they could scrape together without firing people.
Monday, September 26th, 2005
8:09 pm
SE News Articles:
Sorry this is such a mess, but here are a bunch of new articles on the Space Elevator from over the past couple of months.

1st floor: haberdashery, curtains. 35,780th floor: satellite in space, by Arthur C. Clarke, The Times, 09/24/05
Space Elevator Concept Undergoes “Reel” World Testing, Space.com, 09/23/05
Space Elevator Project Hits Snag, Watley Review, 09/23/05
Space Elevator Gets FAA Clearance, Slashdot, 09/18/05
Space Elevator Games, Spaceref.com, 09/12/05
Elevator Going Up!, WorldChanging.com, 09/10/05
LiftPort Group Receives Waiver to Use Airspace from the FAA To Conduct Tests, Business Wire, 09/09/05
Foresight Nanotechnology Conference, Business Wire, 09/01/05
Trading Rockets for Space Elevators, National Geographic, 08/25/05
The Next Giant Leap, NASA, 07/27/05
Clarke-Bradbury 2005 Science Fiction "Space Elevator" Themed Competition winners announced, ESA News, 07/20/05
Orbital Railroads: Beanstalks and Space Fountains, Strange Horizons, 07/14/05
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
9:56 pm
Nanotube Breakthrough?

and here.
Monday, August 15th, 2005
11:13 pm
IEEE Spectrum's cover article this month is on the space elevator. You can read it here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/WEBONLY/publicfeature/aug05/0805spac.html
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
2:47 pm
NASA contest entry
Hi everyone,
This is my first entry here. I just thought everyone here might be interested to know that two LJers who are near and dear to me have entered NASA's 2010 space elevator contest. I'm helping spread the word about it because they are trying to raise money to build their machine with the best materials. I think they have a really good idea for the design and a real chance at winning! If you'd like to help by buying a t-shirt, or if you're just interested or want to talk shop with them check out the web site at www.starclimber05.com. There's a blog tracking their progress. Thanks!
Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
7:45 pm
Please comment on my astronomy website
I am the webmaster for the local astronomy club here in Worcester, Massachusetts. Not too long ago I completely redesigned the website from scratch. Please check out the website and let me know what you think. Please send along any suggestions on how to improve the site. Feel free to sign the guestbook & guestmap while you are there :) http://www.AldrichAstro.org Thanx!!!
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
10:56 am
NPR's Talk of the Nation featured the Space Elevator and Brad Edwards this week. "Though a science fiction staple for years, some technologists say that getting a lift into space on an elevator may not be as far-fetched as it seems. We'll find out about what progress has been made towards creating such a massive engineering feat."

You can listen here:

There is a Slashdot discussion of the NPR story:

Also, if anyone is thinking of giving a space elevator presentation, Brad Edwards has provided a nice powerpoint for free download here:
Monday, May 16th, 2005
12:36 pm
Space Elevator Videos
Hey guys, I just thought I'd point out some videos that have been posted on the liftport blogs:

Videos of Lifter Demos - MIT, Norwescon

Space Elevator: the music video

Also, the Seattle PI is running a great interview with Michael Laine the man who is behind Liftport. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/222604_space03.html
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