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Centennial Challenge Prize Eludes Competitors by 2 Seconds

10/23/2006 3:31 PM

Over the weekend, competitions were held in for two of NASA's Centenial Challenge Prizes. In the $200,000 (USD) Space Elevator challenge, twenty teams competed to sned a robotic climb up a 50 meter-long carbon cable. The "winning" robot, designed by a team from the University of Saskatchewan took two seconds too long to climb up a 50 meter-long-cable, thereby missing out on the cash. The competition will be held again next year with the jackpot being increased to $500,000.

We've discussed the space elevator concept a number of times on CR4, so I thought this would be of interest. It shows how far apart theory and reality truly are.

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