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People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevator

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SpaceX To Attempt Landing A Rocket On A Moving Drone Platform

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The CEO of Google's £400 million AI startup is going to meet with tech leaders to discuss ethics

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This is at Copernicus.Exosphe.re (website address might look a little confusing, follow the link anyway.) Great program, bright students!
Michael Laine just finished the first part his 12-hours workshop during the ‪#‎Copernicus_I‬ bootcamp.
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This is the beginning of the Robot we built for our project. Various images show the process of construction.

We've got pictures of 4+ miles of super-strong string, a jumble of connectors (we use some climbing rigging for safety), various specialty nuts and bolts to attach everything to the spine of the 'bot, David at the controls of the laser cutter, more laser cutting work as we build the wheels, creating the gripping surface and splitting the wheels into the separate parts, creating the motor mounts and connecting these to the spine of the 'bot and finally...

The final image is of me, with the (semi) working robot, shaking hands with Jerome Pearson - the US inventor of the Space Elevator! He 'taught' Arthur C Clarke how to build a for his book - Fountains of Paradise. He invented the concept of the Lunar Elevator! I'm proud of his efforts on our project. He liked the robot, and was especially pleased that we named it "Neil" after Armstrong.

Take care, mjl

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Hello friends, 

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 to have you participate. If you can’t make it, I am pretty sure it will be recorded so you can watch it later. 

 Here’s the link: https://plus.google.com/events/cb9bb5qluce05fetvnmbd6beq54?enfplm 
 
Take care, mjl
p.s. After getting this set-up today,  I now feel pretty confident with the Hangout tool.  I'm going to use this with all our backers.  I'll post details on how that will work tomorrow.

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Shoot The Moon: Meet The Filmmakers
We’re hosting a Google Hangout today (Monday, October 6th) at 8pm ET so folks can get to know us and ask any questions they might have about the film. We’re happy to chat about what we’ve filmed, our plans for miniature-based special effects, LiftPort — anything. Our director and producers will be on hand to field questions personally. LiftPort backers are especially welcome to drop by!
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