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Space Elevator: March 2005


Multi-Year Space Elevator Competition Roadmap Released
The Spaceward Foundation has released details for the 2005 and 2006 Space Elevator competition as well as it's long-term roadmap.

"Scheduled to be held annually starting this fall, the competition promises to provide spectacular visual imagery and attract a large audience. Details are available at: http://www.elevator2010.org/site/competition.html"

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NASA with its partner the Spaceward Foundation announced yesterday the first First Centennial Challenges Prizes.

This is quite exciting as the first prizes deal directly with
technologies required for a space elevator. The first two prizes are as follows;

The Tether Challenge centers on the creation of a material that combines light weight and incredible strength. Under this challenge, teams will develop high strength materials that will be stretched in a head-to-head competition to see which tether is strongest.
The Beam Power challenge focuses on the development of wireless power technologies for a wide range of exploration purposes, such as human lunar exploration and long-duration Mars reconnaissance. In this challenge, teams will develop wireless power transmission systems, including transmitters and receivers, to power robotic climbers to lift the greatest weight possible to the top of a 50-meter cable in under three minutes.

The Space Exploration 2005 conference scheduled for April 3-6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico has released the session schedule (PDF) and conference program (PDF).

The second and third day of the conference has several sessions and panels on the Space Elevator.