Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson Highlight Space Elevator Conference

This years Space Elevator Conference which was held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington was highlighted by two of the leading pioneers in the field as both Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson being on hand for the conference. Along with a three day technical program there were two public presentations and the Strong Tether Challenge which no one won.

Thanks to Ted Semon of the Space Elevator Blog for covering the event;

- Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson are HERE

"Today I was very privileged to help welcome Yuri Artsutanov and Jerome Pearson to Seattle. Everybody's connections were on time so everyone showed up on time."

- Carbon nanotubes are HERE

"The picture thumbnail is of one of the entries in today's Space Elevator Games - Strong Tether Challenge."

- Another Tether entry

"Just in the past few minutes, the third tether entry in the Strong Tether competition confirmed that they will compete. A picture thumbnail of the nanotube loop being entered is included in this post (click on it for a full-size version)."

- uStream TV ready to go for Strong Tether Competition (Now Archived)

"All hail Maurice Franklin from Microsoft for coming in at the last minute and rescuing the uStream TV broadcast of the upcoming Strong Tether Competition - Thanks Maurice!"

- The other two entries (Tether Challenge)

"Here are pictures of the other two entries in the Space Elevator - Strong Tether Challenge. The two loops are from the same competitor. In one of my earlier posts, I showed a nanotube thread - this is the end result of them (Spaceward as sent multiple threads) "

- Results from the 2010 Strong Tether Challenge

"In a word, disappointing. No team's entry seriously challenged for the prize. No team's entry performed even to 10% of what was needed to win the prize. Even with three teams entering carbon-nanotube or carbon-nanotube-reinforced entries, no visible, forward progress was made."

-- The Space Elevator and the Strong Tether Challenge makes the news...

"The local (Seattle, Washington) NBC affiliate is KING-TV. They sent a crew to film Yuri and Jerome's arrival at Sea-Tac on Thursday and another crew to film events, including the Strong Tether Challenge, at yesterday's first day of the Space Elevator Conference."

-- ISEC awards its first prize

"Gaylen R. Hinton is the winner of the very first prize awarded by the International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC). His paper, 'Seven Deadly Assumptions about Space Elevators' was awarded an 'Honorable Mention' in the Artsutanov Prize award category."

Image courtesy Ted Semon at the Space Elevator Blog

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