In March 2006, LiftPort hopes to set up a HALE system in Utah's Mars Desert
Research Station and maintain it for three weeks. Then, later in the
spring, Laine says he wants to test a 2-mile (3.2-km) tether with
robots scaling to at least half way up.
Laine aims to produce a functioning space elevator by 2018 – a date
his company chose in 2003 based on a NASA Institute for Advanced
Concepts study, which said an elevator could be built in 15 years.
"This is a baby step, but it's part of the process," he says of
LiftPort's recent test.