Space elevator team wins $900,000

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    A Seattle-based team has won $900,000 in this year's Space Elevator Games, a NASA-sponsored contest to build machines powered by laser beams that can climb a cable in the sky.

    The homemade cable-climber built by the LaserMotive team climbed a 3,000-foot (900-meter) tether suspended by a helicopter at a speed of 8 mph (3.7 meters per second or 13 kilometers per hour) during a Wednesday attempt.

    LaserMotive's robot climber managed to get all the way up the cable four times in two days, with a best time of about 3 minutes and 48 seconds (translating to a speed of 3.9 meters per second).

    The feat was the best performance yet for a miniature space elevator prototype and qualified LaserMotive to win the lower-level prize of NASA's $2 million Power Beaming Challenge this week at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The contest requires competitors to beam power from a remote source to propel their vehicles up a quarter-inch-thick steel cable dangling from a helicopter.

    The 2009 Space Elevator Games are the first in which prize money has been awarded. This year's event was "a very successful competition," said Andy Petro, director of NASA's Centennial Challenges program. "Power beaming is truly a 21st-century technology."

    Space elevator team wins $900,000 from NASA - Space.com- msnbc.com
     
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    Can you find out how much of a carbon footprint it leaves?
     
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    You really are a douche.
     
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    no, that would be you, since its clear you can't answer the question
     
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    I am looking forward to the day we have functioning space elevators. It'll be revolutionary.
     
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    Once we develop carbon nanotubes, many, many, revolutionary products will emerge including space elevators and solar panels that will power our houses.

    We should pour much more money into carbon nanotube research.

    Then we can tell the Saudis to kiss our ass.
     
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    You don't know much about the science involved ... which is easy to see since you keep bringing those up ... simply put ... when we have full sized computers that can fit on your wrist, then your fantasy will be possible, until then, it's just a fantasy.
     
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    well, it does seem that chris lives in a fantasy reality
     
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    Beam me up, Scotty.
     
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    Shouldn't you be burning some Beatle records or something?
     

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