Alan Boyle discusses Pete Worden’s [100 Year Starship] initiative: [Billionaires wanted for starship plan – Cosmic Log – Oct.26.10]. === The latest update on [LaserMotive]’s activities: [What’s up with LaserMotive… – The Space Elevator Blog – Oct.26.10]
In an August [press release], the company said,
> The demonstration model, which uses a tethered remote-controlled helicopter, is eye-safe and has been designed to fit inside LaserMotive’s booth at the show. In lab tests conducted by LaserMotive, the laser-powered helicopter has flown for nearly two hours, making it the longest duration laser-powered helicopter flight on record. The helicopter will be flown all day long during the four-day Conference, the company said.
I also came across this video in which LaserMotive founders Tom Nugent (President) and Jordin Kare (Chief Scientist) describe the company’s technology and goals:
: http://hobbyspace.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=24457 : http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/10/26/5355604-billionaires-wanted-for-starship-plan : http://lasermotive.com/ : http://www.spaceelevatorblog.com/?p=1430 : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/LaserMotive-to-Demonstrate-iw-1836303059.html?x=0&.v=1