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Space Elevator: November 2007


This past week Eurospaceward held a workshop to discuss the construction of climbers and tethers for competition. This is the first of its kind and was held in Europe to encourage participation by our colleagues there. The conference was generously supported by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg.

There were approximately 50 attendees from all over Europe, the U.S., Canada and Japan. The talks covered specifics of what was successful at the recent games and where issues arose in the entries, plans for the 2008 games and discussions of the rapid development of carbon nanotubes which are widely expected to be the material to beat at the games in the future. ...

Although LaserMotive had a rough outing at the 2007 Spaceward Games they have garnered the continuing support of Andrews Space, Inc. of Seattle as mentioned in a press release last week . Andrews contributed the Rapid Prototyping Laboratory (ARPL) for LaserMotive to conduct laser testing and other system assembly requirements.

Andrews Chief Technology Officer Dana Andrews said, “LaserMotive had a promising start this year, and we expect them to come back strong next year in the 2008 competition. We believe their concept is the right approach to powering a planetary-scale elevator.”

The Space Elevator 2008 Calendar
I've selected some of my better images taken at this years 2007 Spaceward Games to create The Space Elevator 2008 Calendar. I hope you enjoy it, orders yours today.

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