LaserMotive Wins $900,000 in Power Beaming Challenge

Seattle team wins $900,000 in Space Elevator Games
Associated Press

A Seattle team has collected a $900,000 prize in a NASA-backed competition to develop the concept of an elevator to space — an idea spurred by science fiction novels.

The team’s robotic machine raced up more than 2,950 feet of cable dangling from a helicopter.


Space Elevator and Lunar Industrialization Conference Set for December


Third International Conference on Space Elevator Systems
CNT Tether Design and Lunar Industrial Challenges

Location: Luxembourg (Novotel Luxembourg-Kirchberg)

Dates: December 5-6, 2009

The conference will join some of the world’s leading researchers and engineers on space elevator systems and carbon nanotube fiber production. An add-on this year will be a session on lunar industrialisation challenges.


Space Elevator Games Set for November


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



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.


Space Elevator Games Postponed 3 Weeks to Early August


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.