As I’ve had some time to get in the groove of working at LiftPort Group, one of the things that I get asked every day is what I am doing over the summer. I have tried many ways of trying to explain that I am building an elevator on the moon and solving the energy crisis. But as you might expect people are generally pretty skeptical and reluctant to believe me. In its own way, getting asked what I am doing for employment, has forced me to develop a modified sales pitch just to prove to them that I’m being serious. It’s a strange conundrum when you have to convince people that you aren’t messing with them when you tell them what your job is.
I want to make it clear that I am not upset by this, I find it rather comical because my reaction to Michael when he first told me was the same (See previous blog post). At the end of the day, its never going to hurt me that I have had to pitch this idea thousands of times. Anyways it is fun to see reactions. When you explain something as big as this project you really have to walk the listener through step by step and when it all clicks and they understand how wild and how groundbreaking this system is the smiles and looks of astonishment make it all worth it.
I can remember back to when Michael first explained the elevator to me, and especially when it all ‘clicked’ and made sense in my head. We had met at a local café for a sort of “interview” and I can remember him drawing out the entire system and while in the middle of explaining space based solar power it all clicked that we could solve the energy crisis! If he didn’t have me hooked on the phone (reference joke from last week’s post) he certainly did now. The vast mass and scale of this project makes it tremendously complex and complicated. In the weeks to come, I hope that I can help explain some of the technology along with a few stories that go into building this huge thing.
Question for the community!
How would you explain to someone that you were building an elevator on the moon?
I look forward to reading your responses in the comments!