Broadcast 844 (Special Edition)

The Space Foundation Conference

03 Dec 2007 Carla Sabotta, Dr. Brad Edwards
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Dr. Brad Edwards and Carla Sabotta were the guests for this Space Show program focusing on the space elevator. Please be advised that due to extremely wet weather in the Seattle area and the Bay Area, plus the use of cell phones, there is unavoidable phone line noise on this program. We started the program with Dr. Edwards providing us with an update on the climber games that were held in Salt Lake City. Brad explained the various teams, the technology being used, what happened to the contestants, and more. One contestant actually used carbon nanotubes for their climber but as you will hear, they did not do well. Our conversation then took us to the Luxembourg Workshop. As you hear Dr. Edwards update us on this event, you will get a sense of the draw for space elevator on an international level. Later in the program in response to a question about the work other countries are doing on the space elevator, you will hear about Japan and their interest in the elevator. Listeners asked Dr. Edwards and Carla about a central place for "official"-like news about the space elevator as well as reliable PR to keep interested people informed and to reach the general public. Carla spoke about this as did Brad. It is being considered by those involved with developing the space elevator. In the meantime, the website suggested for reliable information was Brad and Carla received many questions about the carbon nanotubes (CNT), sports products being made with them and the PR related to getting the story out about the various uses of CNTs at this time. You will want to hear what both our guests have to say about the state of CNTs at this time and the importance of their finding their way to commercial markets. A listener asked Carla if from a PR perspective, the space elevator was on a similar track as space tourism before it was taken as seriously as it is today. For example, space tourism had a high giggle factor, then stories about it started appearing on major news magazine front covers, and more and more press started picking up credible stories, plus the industry did a good job in promoting and describing it to the general public. Carla thought that was a good analogy so again, this is a discussion you will want to hear. Another listener asked about putting an elevator on the Moon and Mars. As it turns out, Mars is better suited for the elevator as is an asteroid. You will hear the explanations for this during the program. If you have additional questions or comments for Carla Sabotta or Dr. Brad Edwards, please send them to each guest through me at



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