Watch: 'Shoot the Moon' Doc Focuses on an Elevator to Reach Space
by Ethan Anderton
September 26, 2014
There's hope of consumer flights to space beginning as early as 2016 with SpaceX breaking ground on a commercial spaceport in Texas recently. But there might be another way for people to head into space if Michael Laine has anything to do with it. Laine has a team for a project called LiftPort, which can most simply be explained as an elevator that could take people to space. While that sounds like something a child could come up, or even something out of Looney Tunes, Laine is deadly serious about the project, and thinks he has all the practical science and plans figured out, now he just needs the awareness, desire and support from the public, and a documentary called Shoot the Moon might just help with that. Watch below now!
To get acquainted with the project, here's the video from the doc's funded Kickstarter campaign:
And now here's the official trailer that they've put together since getting funding (via SlashFilm):
Funnily enough, LiftPort was a Kickstarter project to begin with, and now there's a Kickstarter about that Kickstarted project, and our nose just started bleeding. Here's the official synopsis if you need it laid out:
12 men have set foot on the moon, and getting them there cost $25.4 billion dollars. The last moonwalk ended more than 40 years ago. Two men, Michael and David, are dedicating their lives to creating the next great leap for humanity, and they think they can give us permanent access to the moon for less than a billion dollars.
We’re filming their journey to build an elevator to space.
Their quest has reached a critical juncture. They’re taking on their biggest experiment yet: making a robot climb the tallest free-standing human structure in existence, and we’re capturing it all on film. The lead up. The experiment. Everything.
If anything, this looks like a wholly interesting venture both in documentary form and as a project for people to gain access to space. With Interstellar getting closer, the prospect of being able to bring people to space easier and with far less cost than one might anticipate, maybe when the time comes for mankind to have to leave this planet, it won't be so hard of a venture after all. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. For now, we're very interested in seeing how the documentary from Brooklyn filmmaker Benjamin Ahr Harrison turns out, and we hope LiftPort gets enough interest to become a reality. Sound cool?
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Snowmanfloza on Sep 26, 2014
We will see. I have heard so many arguments as to why it can't happen.
DAVIDPD on Sep 26, 2014
There are apparently two documentaries on this subject: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1704207196/sky-line-the-space-elevator-documentary?ref=nav_search
major3000 on Sep 29, 2014
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