LiftPort Group Unveils ''LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone,'' A New Book on the Science and Social Impact of Building the Firs


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LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, today announced the release of "LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone," a new book on the LiftPort Space Elevator, a revolutionary new way of sending cargo and humans into space. Compiled by LiftPort, the Seattle based company dedicated to building the first commercial elevator to space, the new book is an exploration of both the scientific and social aspects relating to the development of the LiftPort Space Elevator, as told by a collection of nearly 40 leading authors and experts on science and space.

"LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone" covers both the scientific issues relating to the physical construction of the world's first space elevator, as well as the social issues and business impact the space elevator can bring. Nonfiction chapters on topics relating to the science of building the space elevator, such as "Powering a Space Elevator" and "Rockets and the Space Elevator" are interspersed with others on the social and business issues of the space elevator, along with short stories and essays by such noted science fiction authors as Kim Stanley Robinson and Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

"LiftPort -- The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone" is published by Meisha Merlin and will be available after May 30, 2006, in Barnes & Nobel bookstores or online through Amazon.com. Early purchases can be made now directly through LiftPort at www.liftport.com. List price is $16.95. In addition, the book includes an entry form for a contest sponsored by LiftPort to win one of five chances to receive 1000 LiftPort stock options.

A multi-city U.S. tour featuring book signings by Michael Laine of LiftPort is planned for this summer; starting on May 30th in Washington DC where Laine will be making a presentation on the LiftPort Space Elevator and nanotechnology as it relates to the space elevator at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. The presentation is open to the public. For more information on the presentation, please contact Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at 202-691-4320 or visit their web site at www.wilsoncenter.org. For more information on additional tour dates, or to schedule a signing or an interview during the tour, please contact LiftPort.

A revolutionary way to send cargo into space, the LiftPort Space Elevator will consist of a carbon nanotube composite ribbon eventually stretching some 62,000 miles from earth to space. The LiftPort Space Elevator will be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, and to a small man-made counterweight in space. Mechanical lifters are expected to move up and down the ribbon, carrying such items as people, satellites and solar power systems into space.

Headquartered in Bremerton, Wash., LiftPort Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to the development of the first commercial elevator to space. For more information, or to sign up for a free subscription to the company's newsletter on the LiftPort Space Elevator, visit the company's web site at www.liftport.com.

Contact:

LiftPort Group
Joe Julian, 360-377-0623
joe.julian@liftport.com
or
Belinda Young Public Relations
Belinda Young, 206-932-3145
byoung@bypr.com

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