Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 13, 2012.

Update #5

Neil Armstrong

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 explore and discover; and we want to build something great…

Neil Armstrong is a hero.

Neil died while our community was meeting at the International Space Elevator Conference – held at the Museum of Flight – surrounded by space artifacts.

I’m sorry that I’m so inadequate, but I’m not the kind of guy that can write an appropriate eulogy. The ‘moment of silence’ while attending the conference seemed woefully inadequate to express our collective loss. So after some quiet contemplation over what the man, the myth and the mission meant to me, I decided to do something.

I’ve removed the $10,000 pledge level of “Name Our Robot”. That reward was ‘vanity bait’ for corporate backers to name our ‘bot, and cover it with stickers like a NASCAR racer. In hindsight it seems crass and inappropriate.

But no more.

Neil will get – and deserve – hundreds of statues in his honor. This is our tribute: We, LiftPort, will name the robot we build for this experiment – Neil. And the first robotic car that carries humans – once again – back to the Moon “… Before this decade is out…” will be named – Armstrong.

Take care,
Mjl
President, LiftPort Group

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      Creator Michael Laine on September 2, 2012

      All of you - thanks. I'm glad you folks feel the same way we do.
      @Emanuel - You will get a balloon kit / tethered tower and a set of curriculum to help teach it. I've had a few questions about this, and will provide more information in the FAQ (but, I have also had a lot of questions about the rings, so I'm writing that FAQ first.)
      @derek - Ya the kicktraq site is exciting, but we're trying to stay focused on the task and not the hype.
      @Euodiachloris - Lol. ;-)
      @ Mohammad - I'm a pretty fortunate guy. I've met Buzz Aldrin a couple times, and John Glenn once; several other astronauts and some other 'famous' people. But I really wanted to meet Neil... we never crossed paths. This is the best I can do. I'm glad you (all of you) appreciate it.
      @Porthos - Thanks! I didn't do it for the increase in pledges - I did it because it was the right thing to do. But in full disclosure a lot of folks increased their amount. It won't equal the $10k that we 'gave up' if we'd kept that reward level, but it was a very welcome response.

      Take care, all.
      mjl

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      Creator Benjamin Lee on August 31, 2012

      Good call. I can completely respect that decision. I hope to see it someday. Keep up the great work, you guys.

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      Creator Emanuel Moura on August 31, 2012

      By the way, kudos for the Neil Armstrong homage.

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      Creator Emanuel Moura on August 31, 2012

      Please clarify something to me. If I pledge $300.00 for the Tethered Tower, the money is going to buy a Tower, or will I have to pay more for it? It's clear that the more sensors I want, the more expensive it gets; what I mean is: for 300 bucks, will I still get the bare bones thing?

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      Creator Yorik on August 31, 2012

      Doing well guys, happy with my pledge amount. To be honest the rewards above my pledge amount aren't really options for me due to location and time constraints, but I love this project. Glad I got in early.

      BTW, have you see your Kicktraq? Interesting statistics to follow and keep an eye on.
      http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/michaellaine/space-elevator-science-climb-to-the-sky-a-tethered/

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      Creator Euodiachloris on August 31, 2012

      @Micheal Lane: "Sweetly-scented yellow-green" is one translation from the Ionic Greek... but modern Greeks tend to read "strongly smells of plants". lol
      @Porthos.: Gee... I wonder... ;)

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      Creator Mohammad Yusuf Syafroni Karim on August 31, 2012

      You had my respect dude, with trade 10k with his name
      Neil is awesome even in this modern era.

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      Creator Ron Hand on August 30, 2012

      Thank you for honoring such a wondrfull Man. Kudos Michael !

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      Creator Helena on August 30, 2012

      Love it.

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      Creator Porthos on August 30, 2012

      @Euo Glad to see you over here. No idea what could ever have brought you to this project. ;-)
      @Michael Lane. Massive thumbs up and respect from this corner of the net on the naming of the 'bot. Might even lead to more people backing the project. :)

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      Creator Gareth Hodges on August 30, 2012

      A very appropriate decision, Michael!

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      Creator Martin Breiner on August 30, 2012

      Good Idea, I support that.

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      Creator Paul Dutch on August 30, 2012

      That is very fitting! Kudos to you for honouring Mr Armstrong like this! I think he would have approved..

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      Creator marc on August 30, 2012

      Very good idea.

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      Creator Bon Kuhlman on August 30, 2012

      Awesome!

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      Creator Jordan Loewen on August 30, 2012

      Absolute Genius!

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      Creator Joseph Adair on August 30, 2012

      Fantastic idea.

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      Creator Plasmacubed on August 30, 2012

      Wow this is really hart warming. I'm glad to be supporting this.

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      Creator Michael Laine on August 30, 2012

      @ Keelan - me neither!

      @ Hans, Michael, Jeffery, Derek and Dustin - Thank you. Our team talked it over for about 5 seconds! In the spirit of full disclosure - it wasn't our idea. One of the Facebook fans (Roy Andre Nilsen) posted it to us, and we thought it was a great idea.

      @CaffeineForge - We WILL go higher. We're only $10k away from our next Stretch Goal, and we've got 13 days left - So I can reasonably see us with $50-100K by the time this campaign closes! So Yes, we are going to take this balloon experiment to the limit. And that knowledge will lead toward our Lunar Elevator; and all that knowledge circles back for the Earth system.

      @Euodiachloris - (That's a complicated Greek name, right? What does it mean?) Right - that was my feeling as well. I was really bothered by that kind of overt sponsorship. It felt a little counter to the philosophies of the Kickstarter community. Don't get me wrong - I would have gladly taken the check if the window/doors company had offered. I really want to build this thing, and it takes cash to do it. BUT, now that the first experiment is funded, and we've reached our 1st and 2nd stretch goals (and 3rd is well in sight) I felt I could relax a little and remove this somewhat-objectionable reward level and pay homage to a great man.

      @ Katja - Ya, I got a little choked up was I wrote the message... I always read my documents aloud before I post them... and this time as I read it, I really felt something personal. I'm glad it impacted you - I was hoping it would. This stuff matters to me.

      Take care,
      mjl

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      Creator Michelle Cadieux on August 30, 2012

      Thanks @Roy Andrew Nilson who also had the same idea and posted on our http://facebook.com/LiftPort page! Keep your ideas coming and post on http://liftport.com/forums.

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      Creator Katja Isaksen on August 30, 2012

      That's so nice. Must've gotten moondust in my eyes, got all teary!

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      Creator David John on August 30, 2012

      I love the reference at the end to kennedy's infamous speech that sent Neil on that legendary journey. But im just wondering, are you actually aiming to have humans on a robotic car on the moon by 2020?

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      Creator JEFFREY HEMPHILL on August 30, 2012

      Great name choice.

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      Creator Euodiachloris on August 30, 2012

      That is lovely. :) It certainly beats the poor thing being named after a window & doors manufacturer (20% off, hurry now! Buy the first floor, get the top free!). ;P

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      Creator Caffeineforge LLC on August 30, 2012

      Wonderful idea. Now we have to get this robot even higher!

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      Creator Hans Cummings on August 30, 2012

      Very nice. Classy. Most appropriate!

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      Creator Keelan Runnalls on August 30, 2012

      I couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute.

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    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: I’ll come and talk with folks about building an Elevator on the Moon; of constructing an Earth Elevator that will unlock the destiny of the human race; of the life-saving value of immediate communications (Tethered Towers). Or I’ll talk on whatever topic you want me to. I’m a story teller. I teach by telling stories about what we’ve accomplished; about lessons learned on the front lines of this project. And I teach by expanding the horizons of the audience. I try hard to connect with the people I’m talking with. I’m as comfortable in front of Congressmen as I am with high school students. I make it an interactive, multimedia dialog with the audience. It’s less of a ‘lecture’ and more of a ‘conversation’. You set the tone, location and group, and I’ll deliver. I’m an award winning public speaker, and have given ~200 professional talks. So if I’m that good, how can you have me at your event for just $500? Because ‘telling the story’ of building the “biggest thing, ever” to an interested audience is more important to me than putting ‘excess’ money in my checking account. Because I want to make this affordable to student groups as well as larger professional associations. I live in the Seattle area, so if we are going beyond that, you’ll have to pick up the extra expenses. I’m happy to provide references. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS everything at the VIDEO CHANNEL, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    JUMP!: Alright, you won’t be FIRST! (see below) but you’ll be on the list… Ride our balloons and robot up to the top, and then jump. What could be easier, right? Personally, I think you guys are all a little crazy. But then again, I’m building an Elevator in Space… Who am I to say what ‘crazy’ is? If you’ve got the waivers, jump certifications and guts, I won’t stop you from jumping off the tallest man-made structure in the world… and into the history books. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS everything at the VIDEO CHANNEL, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    CARBON NANOTUBE WEDDING RING: O.k., in this reward, I’m letting you all in on a little secret… Last year I was commissioned to create a “carbon nanotube wedding ring” for a couple of fans. In their words, “Diamonds are the 20th century symbol for strength, and we want the 21st century symbol for unbreakable love…” Well, I couldn’t do exactly what they asked, but I did something pretty interesting. I created a brand new CNT+Metal alloy… and made their wedding rings out of it. I can make more if you want. But there’s a catch. Each ring is custom designed, and I have to work with metallurgists to make this happen. It’s not cheap. Part of the price depends on what sort of precious stones you want, and the complexity of the design. $2000 is probably the minimum threshold, and it could scale to $5000 or $10,000 (or more) if you added a lot of shiny rocks. So here’s the deal, the $750 you pledge here is a deposit. We’ll talk over what you want, and what my team can accomplish, and if it’s a fit, we’ll talk over prices and your budget. If all of this works for you, then the money you pledged will be applied to the final price. If this doesn’t work out, we’ll refund $500. I would return everything, but I have to hire an outside metallurgist for this consultation. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, MEDIUM ART PRINT, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    CUSTOM ART: Designed with you and your selected location in mind, we will create an original image for your home or office. We have artists that work in a variety of mediums, and will tailor an image for you. Your image may focus on the themes of the two Elevators or Tethered Towers, or colonizing the Moon, Mars or whatever it is that you dream about. We’ll talk about that when we send your reward survey. LiftPort will keep the rights, and will reproduce prints, but you’ll have the signed original. PLUS all the rewards at the VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, MEDIUM ART PRINT, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    DINNER PARTY: Invite 6 other people. Then the 8 of us will talk about the future, humanities move to the stars, acceleration of everything, civilization shifting technologies and our role in all this stuff. We’ll talk about how there is a lag between a society’s moral compass and the technology it uses. We’ll talk about how going to space, en masse, is the best possible future for humanity; and its benefits for most people down here on Earth. I’ll be charming. I know which fork to use. PLUS all the rewards at the VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, MEDIUM ART PRINT, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    ROBOT KIT: Everything you need to make a robot that can climb into the sky (or out the window, off the side of a building, or up and down the world’s most awesome tree house or a museum exhibit). All the parts, directions, an exclusive wiki, and access to our team of robotic engineers included. This kit is not for the timid. But it is perfect for an after-school club (with experienced supervision) or a reasonably talented DIYer. PLUS all the rewards at the VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    CORPORATE RETREAT: My team and I know an awful lot about tackling big, unbounded, problems. If you and your executive team are heading off-site to work on ‘stuff’, let me help. We’ve created special tools to deal with complex problems – like building Elevators in Space. What I know can probably help you get a handle on whatever it is you are working on. This is probably just like every other corporate coaching and consulting gig your HR people and the Board are trying to shove down your throat. Except it comes from the perspective that changing the world is possible. I’ve done it. And I can show you how. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    ASSEMBLED ROBOT: The same as the ROBOT KIT above, but we did all the work and put it together for you. You’re welcome. Comes with a display stand, and plaque. Use it as a ready-made museum exhibit, or as corporate art. (Really, I’m not kidding. The robots in our office always got the attention of visitors. It shows your support, interest and enthusiasm for advanced technology. If you are a patent attorney, this is your public declaration that you believe in the future of amazing technology.) Tell us how you’ll use the ‘bot, and we’ll custom develop extra stuff for you. For example, if it’s for a museum display, we’ll create a set of artwork and instructional materials to post beside your new acquisition. If you’ve got other ideas, we’ll work with you to implement them. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the ROBOT KIT, CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    ANYTIME, ANYWHERE: If there is a disaster anywhere in the world, we’ll send three people to it, with our Tethered Towers and provide a communications, observation and security system for the emergency responders. We’ll train local responders how to use the system. Tethered Towers started out as a robotic test platform. But it evolved after the hurricane in New Orleans. Last year I literally cried as I was watching the news about the tsunami in Japan. I’m certain that if I could have gotten my team there, we could have made a difference. I’m really hoping someone buys this level. Together, we’ll save lives. CAVEAT: $10,000 is not enough to completely cover the costs of this. It will buy a complete kit on ready-standby status. It will also buy me team for a week (not really, but I’ll cover the difference). What it won’t do is cover costs of flights, lodging (I presume if it’s a real disaster we going to be in tents) and food. So this kind of logistic stuff will have to be covered separately, at the time of the event. Fair warning - I’ve talked with experts in this field, and this transportation cost could be very high as it’s a supply/demand problem. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    MOON WALKING: What I wanted to offer at this level, I can’t. There are laws prohibiting advertising things you can’t actually perform... And while I’m pretty sure I can perform, I can’t guarantee it. What I wanted to offer for this reward level was the trip of a lifetime; to allow folks to walk on the surface of the Moon. The way I see it, I’m building a railroad in space. My team and I have a lot of work ahead of us, before that happens. But when it does, I’ll have a lot of options. Which means I get to make the rules about who goes where, how often, and at what price. I know in the early days we will have a lot of excess capacity on the Ribbon. So I thought to myself, “why not give a true-believer a ride on the Lunar Elevator? They’d still need to spend about $50M to get a rocket to take them from Earth to the Lagrange point – at which point they’d take our Elevator down to the Moon. But I can at least offer a pre-paid rate on the services of my ‘railroad’…” Alas, I’m not allowed to make that offer. So, instead, I’ll offer my honest thanks. My team will use the money pledged at this level to work on the Feasibility Study. I’ll share EVERYTHING my team learns. And who knows? Perhaps one day you and I will sit down for dinner and discus our options... In the spirit of full disclosure, my company, LiftPort has already failed in its big plans once already. The odds are stacked heavily against us. But I’m committed to this. Buying this reward level might be a waste of money… but I don’t think so. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    FIRST! “There can be only one!” Someone is going to jump FIRST! Off the top of the Tethered Tower… It might as well be you! Imagine it; you calmly, quietly, ascend 2 kilometers high, using our balloons. And then, when you’ve had enough of the tremendous view, after you’ve taken all the images you want, after you’ve had lunch at the top of the world, you jump! Of course, you’ll have to have all the necessary parachute qualifications, medical screening and the legal liability waivers will be about a foot thick… If you’re crazy enough to do this, we’re crazy enough to let you! You’ll go down in the record books for skydiving off the world's tallest man-made structure, and the history books as the FIRST! Person on the FIRST! Space Elevator. (Note, this is an experimental system. We’ll have to get flight approval from the FAA, Air Force, and Navy for cleared airspace. This is likely to occur near (way outside of) Phoenix. If we don’t get this approval, you will be refunded. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels

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    LET’S MAKE A DEAL: You’ll have access to our internal working documents, review our notes and examine our intellectual property. (We’ll retain all rights while you’re looking.) You’ll get first dibs and a chance to say ‘let’s make a deal’ on any spinoff technology we develop. Then we’ll negotiate in good faith. I believe we already have about +20 patentable and lucrative technologies, and we will develop others in: Materials/Nanotechnology, Space, Energy, Communications, Computing and Robotics. The commitment that you are purchasing at this level guarantees you a seat at the table – not that we will make a deal. However, LiftPort can’t/won’t stop to commercially develop every widget that we create. If we do that, we’ll never accomplish our Vision of an Elevator on the Moon. (For example: CARBON NANOTUBE WEDDING RINGS could lead to a revolution in metallurgy; we forecast applications in specialty electronics. Another example might be commercially deploying Tethered Towers for communication, observation or recreation.) So we will actively seek partners to develop the concepts created in our “Idea Factory”. CAVEAT: There will be a lot of legal mumbo jumbo associated with this reward. We’ll try to hash this out together. If you don’t like the terms, we’ll refund $5000. I’d refund it all, but we’re gonna have to hire the lawyers – to create the mumbo jumbo. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT , a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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    THREE WISHES: We’re going to have a long conversation. In person. Probably several. When you feel you’ve heard enough, you may ask me for three wishes… and like a genie, if it is within my power to grant, I’ll do it. Is this a gamble? Yes, I’m gambling a lot! Is this a gamble for you? Not hardly. I know I’ve got lots and lots of stuff worth this price. But this is a value for value exchange; I’m not giving you control of the project, or all of our intellectual property or something else that is way out of proportion. It’s a trade; I’ll give you something worthy of the price you are paying. Why am I doing this? I have realized something as I’ve been looking at some of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns – that I wanted something that wasn’t on the menu… Well, here’s your chance. This space intentionally left blank. Delivery dates are negotiable. PLUS all the rewards at the CUSTOM ART, VIDEO CHANNEL, EXCLUSIVE CHAT, GET INVOLVED, ADVERTISE YOUR SUPPORT, MEDIUM ART PRINT, a print from CUSTOM ART, CARD CARRYING SUPPORTER, GREETING CARD, RIBBON, and FRIENDS, levels.

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