LiftPort Group

LiftPort Group is a privately held Washington State corporation. It was founded in April 2003 by Michael J. Laine. The company is focused on the construction of a space elevator using carbon nanotubes.[1]

LiftPort Group
IndustrySpace, Space Commercialization, Cheap Reliable Access to Space
GenreScience, Advancement in Space Travel, Space, Space Elevator
FounderMichael J. Laine
Snohomish, Washington
Key people
Michael J. Laine
ProductsSpace Elevator, Carbon Nanotubes, CNT


  • April 2003, LiftPort Group founded.
  • April 12, 2004, LiftPort Group cosponsored the Official Yuri's Night celebration in Seattle, Washington.[2]
  • November 12, 2004, Demonstrated a lifter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by having it climb up a ribbon approximately 90 meters tall, during a snowstorm.[3]
  • April 29, 2005 Announced plans for a carbon nanotube manufacturing plant, the company's first formal facility for production of the material on a commercial scale. The new facility was to serve as the regional headquarters for the company, and represent the fruition of LiftPort Group's three years of research and development efforts into carbon nanotubes, including partnering work with a variety of leading research institutions in the business and academic communities. Set to open in June 2005, LiftPort Nanotech was to be located in Millville, New Jersey.[4]
  • September 20, 2005, LiftPort Group designed and built a better lifter, longer ribbon (Tether) and load bearing Balloon to further illustrate proof of concept and progress. The lifter climbed the 1,000-foot (300 m) ribbon which was suspended from the balloon.[5]
  • January 2006 LiftPort successfully launched an observation and communication platform a full mile (a kilometer and a half) in the air and maintained it in a stationary position for more than six hours while robotic lifters climbed up and down a ribbon attached to the platform. The platform, a proprietary system that the company has named "HALE" (High Altitude Long Endurance), was secured in place by an arrangement of high altitude balloons, which were also used to launch it. The robotic lifters measured five feet, six inches (1.7 meters) and climbed to a height of more than 1,500 feet (460 m), surpassing its last test record by more than 500 feet (150 m).[6]
  • June 11, 2007, LiftPort was to be penalized due to an alleged illegal offering of shares of the company.[7]
  • February 16, 2010, LiftPort Group entered into a Consent settlement with the State of Washington agreeing to cease and desist specified activities, and no fine was imposed.[8]

Lunar space elevator

In October 2011 on the LiftPort website Laine announced that LiftPort is pursuing a Lunar space elevator as an interim goal before attempting a terrestrial elevator. At the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG), LiftPort CTO Marshall Eubanks presented a paper on the Lunar Elevator co-authored by Michael Laine.[9]

In August 2012, LiftPort announced the launch of KickStarter funding for their Lunar space elevator. This KickStarter fund can be found at Space Elevator Kickstarter. This project successfully exceeded its funding goal on September 13, 2012, requesting $8,000 they raised $110,353 from 3,468 backers, to date most of the backers haven't received anything and consider Michael Laine a con artist, even filing suit against him in Washington state.[10]

Michael Laine is now one of the team for International Space University.[11] The kickstarter project comments thread[12] has many comments from backers asking what has happened with no response.


  1. "LiftPort Group Wiki". iGoals. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  2. "Yuri's Night". Seattle Yuri's night 2004. April 12, 2004. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  3. "LiftPort Group". Lifter Demo at MIT. Archived from the original on September 1, 2005. Retrieved September 19, 2005.
  4. "Millville Facility". Fruition of liftport nanotech. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  5. "successful 1000-foot lifter test".
  6. "LiftPort Group". Mile-High Demo. Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved February 15, 2006.
  7. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SECURITIES DIVISION , CONSENT ORDER Order Number S-06-077-09-CO01|"Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 22, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. |LADDER: The Development of a Prototype Lunar Space Elevator T.M. Eubanks and M. Laine, Liftport Luna
  10. International Space University - Team
  11. kickstarter project comments thread


  • LiftPort - The Space Elevator: Opening Space to Everyone, ISBN 978-1-59222-109-7
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