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Swansong for space elevators?

I sincerely hope this turns out to be unnecessary concern, but Colony Worlds suggests that Liftport, one of the leading space elevator companies, may be forced to shut down after losing their office space. The official Liftport staff blog indicates that times are tough, but therer’s no definite word either way as of yet. I’m not ashamed to say that I’d be gutted to see Liftport fold – in a world where so many are busy staring at their feet, those guys have the guts to look up at the stars. Best wishes, Liftport.

[Cross-posted from Futurismic]

Space slingshot – a good idea, but still the wrong idea

Rocketry is an expensive and risk-laden way of getting stuff into orbit. It costs more than $20,000 to launch 1kg of matter into orbit…launching people is even worse. The fuel pollutes, the technology is fault-prone. It’s time to look at other ways of doing things. Continue reading Space slingshot – a good idea, but still the wrong idea