Liftport Is Kickstarting A Space Elevator – For The Moon
The LiftPort Group has launched a rather unusual Kickstarter project. Theyâ€™re looking for money for an experiment to serve as a stepping stone to their ultimate goal â€“ building a space elevator on the Moon.
Well, thatâ€™s the ultimate goal, anyway. For the immediate future, their goal is much more modest â€“ they want to raise $8,000 to conduct an experiment where theyâ€™re able to launch a robot on a tether 2km into the atmosphere â€“ which would exceed the previous record, set by a previous LiftPort group, by about a quarter of a mile. This experiment is the first of what LiftPort founder Michael Laine hopes will culminate in a $3 million feasibility study into the possibility of building a space elevator that can carry cargo from the surface of the Moon to a point where spacecraft from Earth can rendezvous.