Sky hook 1000ft test

Returning to the subject of the space elevator because there was an interesting development over the weekend. The LiftPort Group, the blokes wot are developing a space lift, tested a robot climber, which crawled up a length of “ribbon” which was attached to a high altitude balloon.

“The test run, conducted earlier this week, is seen as a precursor experiment intended to flight validate equipment and methods to construct a space elevator.”

The test was only performed to an altitude of 1,000 feet (305 meters), so they still have a bit of a ways to go … roughly 62,000 miles! Still, it’s a start.

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  1. We are getting closer! My name is Ariel Boekweg and I would like to thank you for your interest and support for the space elevator project. If you would like to keep updated on the news and happening here at LiftPort you can sign up for our newsletter at Thanks for the interest, Ariel Boekweg

  2. Hi Ariel. Thanks i’ll sign up for that, i’m very interested in liftPost work. I wish you lots of success with it!!

  3. Sooo amazing. I’m very interested in following y’all’s progress and will sign up right away. Good luck – I know y’all will make science history!

  4. Hey there Ariel. I am very interested and would like to show my continuing support. I find your newsletters very informative. I look forward to seeing you and the success of your space elevator.