Space Elevator Games Set for November

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The postponed Space Elevator Games are now set for Nov. 2-6 at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The teams will spend the first two days setting up, testing and calibrating their experiments. A 3-day competition will then commence on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The teams will have a 45-minute climb window on each day.

The competition is being sponsored by The Spaceward Foundation with funding from NASA as part of the space agency’s Centennial Challenges. The games were delayed from August due to technical problems.

More information is available here.

Space Elevator Games Postponed Indefinitely By Technical Problems

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NASA DRYDEN PRESS STATEMENT

The Space Elevator Power Beaming Challenge Games originally scheduled for this summer at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been postponed. The Spaceward Foundation conducts this prize competition as part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge Program. The challenge this year requires teams to demonstrate devices that can climb a one-kilometer vertical cable using electrical power transmitted via a laser.

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Space Elevator Games Postponed 3 Weeks to Early August

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Just received a note from Alan Brown of NASA Dryden concerning postponement of the Space Elevator Games originally scheduled for July 14:

Due to some technical issues that came up during the “dry run” practice sessions last week, the event has been postponed for about three weeks, or about the first week in August.

No details are available on what technical problems came up. The games are part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges and are co-sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation.

Space Elevator Games Video and Details

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2009 Space Elevator Games

Date: July 14, 2009
Location: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Mojave, CA
Teams: 6 Teams [KCSP, LM, USST, NSS, McGill, U MICH]
Specifications: 1 km vertical raceway, laser-powered vehicles
Prize: $2,000,000 Total prize purse (two levels)


Japanese Space Elevator Group to Hold Competition in August

The new Japanese Space Elevator Association will be holding a competition on August 8-9, according to the Space Elevator Blog:

This competition is focused especially on climber mechanism, a mechanism for faster climbing speeds.  We will use 12V battery for power, making it easier to join than the Power Beaming competition in USA.  Entry fee will be $100 (and insurance fee) for 1 team.

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Pirates to Visit Conan O’Brien, Hilarity to Ensue

Brian Turner of the Kansas City Space Pirates – one of the groups competing in the Space Elevator Games – will be a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Friday, May 2. The late night funny man will interview Turner about space elevators, according to the Space Elevator Games blog. So, tune in or set your TiVo.

Space Elevator Update: ’08 Conference, DeltaX and Space Pirates

Three brief updates from the Space Elevator Blog….

Participants can now register for the 2008 Space Elevator Conference, which will be held in Redmond, Washington on July 18-20.

The blog also has an interview with Team DeltaX and Nanocomp, which entered a carbon nanotube tether in last year’s Space Elevator Games. DeltaX’s Stephen Steiner and David Lashmore of Nanocomp discuss their joint efforts. DeltaX has a great heritage: it comes out of MIT.

The Kansas City Space Pirates, another competitor in the Space Elevator Games, reports that their new sponsor, Thorlabs, will provide most or all of the group’s “optical needs.”

Change in Leadership at NASA’s Centennial Challenges

The Space Elevator Blog has an interesting piece about a change at the top of NASA’s Centennial Challenges, a program that funds the Space Elevator Games and other entrepreneurial programs.

Ken Davidian is stepping and will replaced by Andy Petro, a former Johnson Space Flight Center engineer who came to NASA Headquarters in January. In an email, Petro discussed his new position:

“My title is Program Executive for the Innovation Incubator which, in addition to the Centennial Challenges, includes a program to increase the availability of space environment testing opportunities for emerging technologies (such as parabolic aircraft flights and eventually suborbital flights) and a program to bring fresh ideas into NASA by allowing some employees to work for a time in outside organizations.”

You can read the full story here.