Friday, April 29, 2005

Speaking of Space Elevators

Space Elevator company Liftport Group announced that they are opening a facility to produce carbon nanotubes on an industrial scale. Carbon nanotube cabling is the key enabling technology for making space elevators feasible. For more information about the space elevator concept visit Liftports site. If you are interested, you may also want to keep an eye on Space Elevator Reference.

Shuttle disaster continues as launch date pushed back again

The chronic nightmare of the U.S. space program rears it's head once again, as the Shuttle launch scheduled for May 22 is pushed back for nearly two months over concerns about the external tank among other issues.

To put it bluntly, the manned shuttle program needs to be discontinued now. The shuttle could be configured for remote operation to carry needed supplies and modules to that other white elephant, the International Space Station, but no human should ever again have to risk their life for it.

The sooner we return to a safe,reliable capsule based system, the better off we'll be. The long-term solution is likely a space elevator, but we're at least 20 years from a manned version.

New Scientist Breaking News - Shuttle launch date pushed back to July