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|Michael Laine, MBA, (Expected ‘13) – President, LiftPort Group
Laine has been involved with Space Elevator research since the 2001 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts study. Laine manages a talented and diverse team from academia, government, commercial and military communities. Laine helped in the creation of the NASA Centennial Challenges related to this idea, and years later, it was his former team-members (at LaserMotive) who won the competition. Laine’s team at LiftPort has created carbon nanotubes in a small lab, discovered and tested a new CNT+metal alloy, and built robots that have climbed a mile into the sky on Ribbons held aloft by large helium balloons. Laine’s business acumen and management, coupled with his media, marketing and outreach skills have transformed this project from an obscure NIAC paper study to a real world program with tangible results. Laine’s company, LiftPort Group, is experiencing a renaissance. It recently shifted gears to focus on a Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure. Laine’s mandate to his team has three elements:
1) “Sputnik-like” simplicity – the minimum workable system possible.
2) Purchase Order Technology – if you can’t order the components, you can’t use it in the design specification.
3) Single Launch Solution – recognition that we are only going to get one shot at this.
Echoing President Kennedy’s commitment, Laine and LiftPort believe we can create an Elevator on the Moon “…before this decade is out.” Laine is the President of the US Alumni Association for the International Space University, and on the boards of both the Leeward Space Foundation and Space Literacy Foundation.
|Appeared on the following broadcasts:|
#1943 - Guest: Michael Laine. Topics: Lunar space elevator updates. Please direct all comments and... (2/4/2013)
#1739 - Guest: Michael Laine. Topics: Lunar space elevator, general space elevator discussion. You... (3/20/2012)
#717 - Michael Laine, the CEO of LiftPort, was the guest for this Space Show program. Michael... (5/21/2007)
#481 - Michael Laine, CEO of LiftPort, returned as the guest for this special show. LiftPort specializes... (4/14/2006)
#308 - Michael Laine, president and founder of LiftPort, Inc., was the guest for this edition of The... (2/15/2005)
#143 - Michael Laine, President of LiftPort, Inc. is the guest on this edition of The Space Show.... (8/12/2003)
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