Archive for March, 2006

Where can I buy more time?*

March 25th, 2006 No comments

Ok, what the heck I am doing a Saturday night, at home, writing a blog entry?

Well, I’ve been at a meeting until 8pm and I am too tired to drive 100km to the beach. Additionally, I have a lot of work to do tomorrow, so I am going to fall down asleep over my keyboard and hope to awake early.

Anyway, I just spent two hours looking at web sites in spanish which had information or news regarding the Space Elevator. It’s just incredible the amount of misinformation that you may find out there. So, I’ve been responding misconceptions and false ideas regarding the project, telling people to visit our webpage, suscribe to our newsletter, read our blog and to write me if they have any doubt or comment.

I will be happy to answer them.

*This entry was originally posted in Liftport’s blog.

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Mix of stuff*

Lot of stuff to mention. First of all, today the newspapers announced that the HSBC is going to enter the Peruvian financial market. According to Yahoo Finance, this bank had a revenue of 70 860 billion in 2004 and is considered the third bank in the world.

These are great news for Peru. It is another proof that our economy is leaving behind decades of stagnation and economic models from the 19th century.

Now, back to LPG and some announcements. We are working on the development of two books (by different entities) who wish to have a Space Elevator chapter. Unfortunately we can’t tell who they are but I can say that they will help us promote the project.

Like the Etiqueta Negra article, they will take between 9 and 11 months to develop.

On the other side, we will retake the Talk at Schools project. Last year it was impossible for me to do it, but my new day job gives me complete control of my schedule.

Finally, I want to thank Tomoaki Nishimura for helping us with the Japanese version of the site.

*This entry was originally posted in Liftport’s blog.

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Preparing for the SE*

Today I woke up at 7am after sleeping 4 hours, courtesy of the heat and mosquitos. I had a conference regarding the soon to be signed USA – Peru Free Trade Agreement at the Peruvian Export Association. It started at 8.30am so I had to arrive early if I wanted to find a parking space.

Well, the Conference started one hour later (thank god for Ipaq’s and ebooks) and the main speaker (the vice minister) didn’t come. But at least they sent a “high banana”. He was the Coordinator of the negotiation and he gave a great talk.

But, what does this have to do with the Space Elevator? A lot. The SE is going to be built at the backyard of South America, and, specifically, Peru & Ecuador. That means that if Brazil, with a population of 170’000,000, wants to send cargo to the Elevator, they will have to use the InterOceanic Highway that goes from the Atlantic Ocean (in Brazil) to the Pacific Ocean (in Peru).

Of course, they won’t send an advanced GEO lab through Peru if we are as politically unstable as other parts of the region. The Free Trade Treaty is an extraordinary opportunity for preparing a country as poor as Peru, for the challenges of the new economy that the SE will create.

On other news, I want to welcome Sam Rios, who is going to help us on the web translation to spanish. Thank you Sam for your support!

*This entry was originally posted in Liftport’s blog.

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