Short-course on the Space Elevator
I'm sitting in the airport; typing this on my phone. On my way to Budapest, to teach the world's first class on the Space Elevator. Check out Copernicus.Exosphe.re for details.... Read more
Unexpected Field Trip
Today was a little unusual. Unexpectedly, I didn’t spend a lot of time in the office. Instead, I got to go on a field trip!
I was lucky enough to... Read more
Powerpoint for Lecture and Prof Lynette
I had a busy, but, ultimately disappointing day.
I spent most of the day working on that lengthy powerpoint I’ve been talking about for the past several weeks. I... Read more
Response to specific robot design questions
Hello, I hope your Sunday afternoon is treating you well. I had many questions throughout the past couple days regarding the robot design. I answered most of them in the... Read more
Responded to Comments, and Questions
(There is a summer block party that has reserved the street for 2 blocks north and south of my apartment. It feels like they are throwing a rave in... Read more
Explanation Text for the Images I Posted
Thanks for all your comments regarding the photos I posted two days ago. I received some very nice personal messages, and your comments were helpful. The most common theme... Read more
Another quiet day
Today was a pretty mundane day. Rather than focus on Kickstarter and the Space Elevator, I chose to focus on other projects.
The only two Space Elevator aspects of the... Read more
Photos of the initial robot
I posted about 25 pictures and a write-up over on my G+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+MichaelLaine/posts/2jPy3Cgtrso
Robot post 1 of 3
There are really three stages of this robot experiment:
- 1) Earliest planning
- 2) First try – False Start
- 3) Second effort – Wrong Path?
I’ll outline each of these.... Read more
A little overwhelmed
Unfortunately, real life preempted Space Elevator work today.
I couldn’t do the work I’d hoped to accomplish this evening. I postponed both meetings, and delayed the write-up on the robotics. ... Read more
Planning and Logistics
I hope everyone had a nice weekend.
As usual, I didn’t work much on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Normally, I use a small portion of Sunday to plan out the... Read more
If this is a national holiday for you, I hope you’re having fun with people you care about. I got myself a little sunburned yesterday. It’s been in the... Read more
I spent some time working with an author (Cheri) that is writing some science fiction set 100+ years in the future. Her story features the Space Elevator as a... Read more
ABC's and National NanoTech Initiative
Here’s a short update for before the holiday (If you’re not from the United States, you may not know that most everything shuts down for Independence Day).
As you know,... Read more
More Accounting + Budgets, and (maybe!) Two Experts Join the Team
Today was the kind of day I hoped it would be! I spent the morning working on the accounting and budgeting. It’s a two-part process; I have to review... Read more
Today, as part of the overall business development plan, I started working on the accounting. This is not a trivial action. It will take some time to figure this... Read more
Meetings and phone calls
I’m torn. On the one hand, I said I wasn’t going to make any more promises that I couldn’t keep, and that I wasn’t going to talk about projects... Read more
Brief Update, Website + Email, Photos, and Powerpoints.
Tonight’s update is brief. It’s more of the same stuff I’ve already told you about:
- 1) Email and Webserver updates. This is basic maintenance, but with an eye toward... Read more
Bittersweet Memories - Early LiftPort Photos and SCOTUS Rant
For two reasons, today was a bittersweet day. It started off normal, up before 7am, working before 8. It’s pretty hot here in the Pacific Northwest, and I wanted... Read more
Rescheduled meetings, Web infrastructure, and more on Tech Advisor Council
Today wasn’t the day I was hoping it would be. But it was good, nonetheless. I’ve been trying to have a meeting between two of my advisors – two... Read more
Podcast is live, (Didn't work today).
I got the following message from Laim, the guy that did the podcast interview over the weekend?
Hey, that episode we did is live! It will also be up... Read more
Responded to comments, Email/Webserver, Meetings postponed
Not much of an update today. The two meetings I had scheduled got postponed to Thursday and Friday.
I did chat, again, with the reporter from yesterday for some... Read more
Tech Times Interview, Shoot the Moon Update, and Crowdfunding Cautions
Today I spent two hours on the phone with a reporter, Andrea from Tech Times. She was thoughtful, and asked insightful questions. Some of these were things that no... Read more
Technical Advisory Council
Heya, Today was an interesting day.
At long last, we’re beginning development and rolling out our formal “Technical Advisor Council” (TAC).
What is this? What does it mean for the... Read more
Podcast Interview will be released Thursday
Good evening. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.
To all the dads out there – thanks!
This morning, I gave the first interview in many months, for a podcast. It... Read more
It's quiet on the weekends.
It’s Saturday. Mostly, I did my own thing.
But I promised an update every day for 30 days, so I’m doing that. The only aspect that relates to our... Read more
Interviews, Development and Missed meetings.
Today was a quiet day on the Space Elevator front. Much of the day was taken up with mundane stuff that’s not very interesting.
However, towards the end of... Read more
"The old fashioned way..."
Good evening folks. It’s been a busy day.
Thank you for your feedback. I’m not going to be able to act on all those great ideas; I’ll do what I... Read more
Typical Day on the Lunar Elevator
First, I want to say “Thank You!” for all the supportive comments I received yesterday. It is so very easy to get caught up in navel-gazing and analysis-paralysis when things... Read more
Every Single Day until It's Done...
Crowdfunding changed my life. Really. Almost three years ago, in... Read more
Planetary Bracelets, New Video, Research Partners.
Heya #SpaceElevator Supporters
1) Colombia/Tacoma Robot Meeting – Unfortunately, the meeting scheduled for last week had to be postponed. Once I know when it’s rescheduled, I’ll let you know. Again,... Read more
Progress on Several Fronts
Wow! It’s only Tuesday evening, and it already seems like a packed-full week! (with much more on the agenda for the rest of the week/weekend).
1) Documentaries KS... Read more
Lunar Rovers - From Columbia?
Something really different, really helpful, and potentially important was started Tuesday evening.
Several months ago, I moved. My mom, and my step-father were as healthy as they were... Read more
Unexpectedly, the folks running the “Shoot the Moon” #SpaceElevator documentary have asked me to do a Google Hangout with them in about an hour, 5pm Pacific. I’d love... Read more
Two Space Elevator Documentaries
As most of you know, I usually post in bursts; I’ll be quiet for a while (in this case, since the 4th of July weekend) and then I’ll... Read more
Thanks Scotland! Good Luck ISP!
If you’re from the United States, Happy Fourth of July! Most of us had the day off, but I was in the office working on some stuff with folks in... Read more
Local Roadtrips - Portland & Vancouver
This week, and last, have blurred into one. Here’s an update for the last days of last week. More tomorrow.
Thursday: Drove down to Portland to meet with David... Read more
Images & Calendar
Here’s some art from a presentation I gave a while ago. Canaan M. designed it, with technical assistance from several people on the team; notably Charles R., Marshall E., and... Read more
NASA Proposals, Clark College, Victory/Defeat Party
Hello LV8R people!
Working backwards, it was a quiet weekend.
International Astronautical Conference, FAA, Documentary & Bracelets
Heya! Here’s a rundown since Friday:
1) We got notified that 5 of our technical papers have been accepted to the International Astronautical Conference. This is kind of a big... Read more
First conversation with the Federal Aviation Administration & Friendship Bracelets
Hi! Quick update on a Friday night!
1) I just sent the survey to the 354 people that have the $9 “Friendship Bracelet” reward level. In it, I asked everyone... Read more
Friendship Bracelets: Fibonacci & Planetary
We’ve got ~150 of the Planetary Bracelets completed and soon we’ll have an equal amount of the Fibonacci Friendship Bracelets finished. For the 356 people receiving this reward, check... Read more
Experiment Site Selection
Hola Kickstarter Friends!
Finally, the weather has started to clear, and dry up a little in Washington State. That means we can begin the process of fulfilling our obligations to... Read more
Card Carrying Supporter Cards!
Hi, Here’s the Front and Back Final of the $8 “Card Carrying Supporter” card:
About 400 of these are in production now (about 20% of the total). I... Read more
While I was at a See See Motor Company addressing rewards I was interviewed by Virage8
Virage8 Motorcycle magazine's review of See See Motor Cafe article. In it they talk to me about Liftport while I (David) am set up sending out your rewards for Michael.... Read more
International Academy of Astronautics Space Exploration Heads of Agency Symposium
Lunar Elevator Infrastructure (LSEI) and the IAA Space Exploration Conference
Hi, this is David Allison, I’ll be doing occasional updates.
One of the events Michael Laine attended to look for... Read more
Action Plan - First Quarter 2014
Thanks for your ongoing support of our building an Elevator on the Moon! 2013 was a terrific (and, at times, terrible) year! We made a lot of progress –... Read more
Before we start, in response to comments from the last update, we're sending EVERYONE a survey to confirm current addresses.
Hi. A lot of folks have been interested in the... Read more
Happy New Year - Progress Report
O.k., so most of you know that 2013 was kind of a mess for me. I’m not going to waste everyone’s time recounting that – some (but not all) of... Read more
You may not know it, but today is the one year anniversary of launching the LiftPort Kickstarter campaign.
It is also the beginning of the International Space Elevator... Read more
Changing the world one mundane task at a time! *REWARDS UPDATE*
My name is Laurie. I’ve already had the pleasure of speaking with some of you, but for those I haven’t, “Hi”. I have taken over Kickstarter fulfillment for... Read more
Progress Report Summary - Sept / Oct 2012
Hello. This is a long post. Take the time to read it anyway – it’s important.
January 1 – 15, 2013
Good News: Part 1 – California Trip
Good News – California Trip
T-Shirts are here! Want them for Christmas?
Update Series 1 of 4 - Rewards
I have lots and lots of ‘good news’.
But first, we’re going to start with ‘bad news’. I really don’t... Read more
The first month!
Thank you! & What's Next - Final Update of the Active Campaign
Tonight, we close out a 21 day Kickstarter campaign… You, our community, have pledged over $100,000 and we, the LiftPort Team, have committed to building robots that climb... Read more
Progress Report, Media, and Goals - 4 Days Left!
It’s been a crazy three weeks: we built a new website, launched a Kickstarter campaign and participated in the International Space Elevator Conference! It’s been amazing!
And LiftPort’s... Read more
The “Rings” Story
If you don't want to read the story, the images are posted here!
The “Rings” Story
So about two years ago, two strangers sent me a message.
That’s not... Read more
Education Kits & Detailed Climbing Goals
Campaign:The campaign is going amazing! We’ve got a ton of press, and more important, we’ve got YOU! There are now (almost) 2000 of YOU, and collectively YOU... Read more
So we’ve got $50,000! Now what?
So we’ve got $50,000! Now what?
First of all –THANK YOU! I know I’ve said that 500 times already and I’m certain I’ll say it 500 times more before this... Read more
There are several ‘space-themed’ campaigns in Kickstarter. To me, this signals that the human species (not just a single culture or nation) wants to go to space. We want to... Read more
Conference is Over & First Stretch Goal Met!
Wow. I've been saying that a lot lately. Thank you for your amazing support!
We sailed right on past the first Stretch Goal and are well on our way... Read more
You people are amazing!
I'm in the middle of the International Space Elevator Conference - and to have this thing funded during it is terrific! I'll write a more complete... Read more
Update #2 - Another interview, and Space Elevator Conference stuff
I posted a 1-page blog on the LiftPort website. I did this because I wasn't sure you folks wanted another big update, the day after this thing started. I'm... Read more
Update #1 - Radio Interview
It’s been 1 hour, and we’ve got $749 committed! 9% of our minimum goal – Thank you! This bodes well for the next 20 days…
So what’s happening in the... Read more