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Saturday, September 9, 2006



NASA's Space Elevator Competition

Structural diagram of a space elevator.
Structural diagram of a space elevator.
Credit: Wikipedia
"Construction of it will begin 50 years after everyone stops laughing." - Arthur C. Clarke

It may take more than 50 years, but progress has begun. In about a week, NASA is holding a competition, in New Mexico, to encourage companies to create the technology that would be used to build a space elevator. Some of the entries include solar-powered, teather-climbing robots; mile long cables with high tensiel strengths, and other sattelite probes designed to test other technologies. "I think there are going to be lots of people that rise to this challenge," said Michael Laine, president of the Washington-based company LiftPort. "We're at the beginning of something really great."

For more detailed information on Space Elevators, read Kevin Reimund's article.

(More info: The Observer)


- posted by Jim @ 12:52 EST