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2012-09-09 10:00:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The founder of a company hoping to one day build a space elevator to the surface of the moon turned to the public for help funding his dream, with overwhelming success -- and he's not the only one. According to Forbes Staff Writer Alex Knapp, Michael Laine, founder of the LiftPort Group, launched an August 23, Kickstarter campaign to further their research. Their goal was to raise $8,000 so that they could launch a...

KickStarter Project Aims To Take You Higher
2012-08-28 09:06:09

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The idea seems simple enough: to get to any place higher than where you currently stand just take the elevator. This concept, while remaining simplistic in nature, becomes rather complicated when this “higher place” is the moon. Space elevators have long been the dream for many star-gazing engineers, but so far their labors have been unfruitful. Now, one Seattle engineer believes he and his team have the right...

Construction Firm Proposes Space Elevator
2012-02-26 06:12:53

A Japanese construction company has announced plans to design and build the world's first space elevator, which they are hoping to have completed in the next 40 years, various media outlets reported last week. According to the website Rocket News 24, the company, Obayashi Corporation, plans to design an elevator that would transport approximately 30 passengers at a time to a station more than 22,000 miles above the Earth's service. The journey will take a little over a week at a speed...

2010-09-15 19:02:05

Carbon nanotubes "” those tiny particles poised to revolutionize electronics, medicine, and other areas "” are much bigger in the strength department than anyone ever thought, scientists are reporting. New studies on the strength of these submicroscopic cylinders of carbon indicate that on an ounce-for-ounce basis they are at least 117 times stronger than steel and 30 times stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests and other products. The findings, which could...

2009-11-09 13:52:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded $900,000 in prize money to a Seattle company that successfully demonstrated new wireless energy beaming technology which could one day be used to help power a "space elevator." (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) LaserMotive of Seattle was awarded the money after its performance in the Power Beaming Challenge competition, which was a demonstration of wireless power transmission that enabled a...

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2009-11-08 06:25:00

A Seattle team has won a $900,000 prize in a NASA-supported competition to develop the concept of a space elevator. The winning team's robotic machine charged up nearly 3,000 feet of cable dangling from a helicopter. Powered by a ground-based laser pointed up at the machine's photo voltaic cells, which convert the light into electricity, the LaserMotive completed one of its ascents in just three minutes and 48 seconds "“ fast enough to secure the second place prize. The three-day...

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2009-11-04 13:04:35

NASA's Centennial Challenges program and the Spaceward Foundation kicked off the Space Elevator Games in the Mojave Desert on Wednesday. Teams of engineers have their eye on the $2 million prize to be awarded to the first group to climb just over half a mile of a cable suspended from a helicopter near NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards. Three teams have qualified for this year's event, which will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. Event sponsors hope to see a team successfully...

2009-06-01 08:59:15

The U.S. space agency says it is making the final preparations for its 2009 Power Beaming Challenge, part of the fourth annual Space Elevator Games. The event, part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Centennial Challenges Program, will be held at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., July 14. The first competition required teams to ascend a 50-meter tether at an average speed of 1 meter per second with power provided by ordinary...

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2009-05-29 15:57:48

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program and the Spaceward Foundation will hold the 2009 Power-Beaming Challenge, part of Spaceward's Space Elevator Games, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on July 14. This is the fourth year for the Space Elevator Games. The first competition required teams to ascend a 50-meter tether at an average speed of 1 meter per second with power provided by ordinary spotlights. This year, to be eligible for the $2 million prize,...

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2009-01-06 07:30:00

A space elevator prototype, featuring a broomstick, has shaken up scientists' approach to the century-old idea. In December, Age-Raymond Riise of the European Space Agency demonstrated the device for the space elevator project which could see a nearly 63,000 mile tether anchored to Earth as an "elevator" into space. The idea, which was demonstrated at a recent space elevator conference, could solve many complicated hurdles, but still leaves much to be answered. The space elevator concept was...


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