Space Elevator: July 2007

Space Elevator Games

The SpaceWard Foundation has announced that the 2007 Space Elevator Games will be held at the Davis County Event Center just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The qualifying rounds will start on October 15, and the event will be open to the public between October 19 and October 21.

There will be more than 20 teams competing for this years $1,000,000 prize.

Ken Davidian, program manager for Centennial Challenges: “I am excited and impressed with the evolution and level of technical maturity demonstrated by the teams in both the Tether and Beam Power Challenges. Over the past 24 months, individual teams started from scratch, have grown continually, have coalesced into communities, and are on the verge of accomplishing substantial achievements worthy of a Centennial Challenges prize.”

New this year is the "Light Racers" -- that allows kids and young adults to take part in a realistic lunar exploration scenario and win cash prizes for their performance.

Over at the Space Review Sam Dinkin ask's whether a space elevator worth its weight in diamonds?

"Diamonds have a big advantage over carbon nanotubes. They are currently being produced in commercial quantities. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is being used to flood the jewelry market with extremely high quality diamonds at 10-30 percent below wholesale prices of natural diamonds. Substrates as wide as 15 centimeters have been reported as a base for diamond growth. That’s hundreds of times the area that’s needed for a space elevator cable."

Your thoughts?

Update: The link has been fixed, sorry about that.

Black Line Ascension announces the opportunity to be an organizer of the 2008 Space Elevator Conference (PDF).

At this time we expect the conference to be held in Seattle, Washington. This conference will continue the tradition of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Space Elevator Conferences hosted by HighLift Systems, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Institute for Scientific Research.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists, engineers, businessmen, economists, educators, financiers, writers, students and others interested in the Space Elevator for wide-ranging papers and discussion sessions. The papers will report on the technical, political/social, economic and legal aspects of the Space Elevator. One discussion session will focus on the Space Elevator community’s roadmap and another will deal with raising the awareness of the Space Elevator in society. Additional sessions will be created as the need arises. The specific date of the conference has not been chosen yet.