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The American space agency is hosting a competition in which a number of entrepreneurs will be showcasing a variety of interesting creations

A National Aeronautics Space Administration competition will draw a number of international scientists to the New Mexico desert for them to unveil a number of different revolutionary projects. The overall goal of the NASA contest is to build some form of a space elevator that would hopefully one day replace expensive rocket missions. Even though the idea of a space elevator constructed out of a long enough cable to lift men and goods into orbit seems a bit outlandish, the entrepreneurs realistically believe it can be done.

University researchers, several corporations and scientists from several countries will test their devices to at the competition next month. Over $400,000 in cash prizes will be made available to the winners to the contests.

The LiftPort Group is one company that has openly stated its intentions of constructing a space elevator . LiftPort announced last month that it has completed a second round of testing on a prototype space elevator platform that stretches over a mile into the sky. The space elevator it hopes to construct would span over 100,000 kilometers. The company will be represented at the NASA challenge next month.

Even though a proper space base hasn't been constructed on Mars, some experts are hypothesizing about the ability of building a space elevator on the red planet. The 24 ½-hour days and proper atmosphere makes it an ideal location for a space elevator. Many scientists cited by the group agree that interested parties should first build some sort of elevator off Earth before even mentioning Mars.

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RE: To where?
By Niv KA on 9/4/2006 4:46:02 PM , Rating: 1
Plus it is like when you are a little kid. if you build a really tall tower with LEGO it will start to bend, unless the base for this thing is the size of Cuba, we have no chance!

(or it could be a plot to build an elivator and get rid of cuba all in 1 go)

- Niv K Aharonovich

RE: To where?
By saratoga on 9/4/2006 7:20:44 PM , Rating: 2
Err, where did they say tower? This thing doesn't climb up from Earth, it hangs down from space. It can't "bend" because its basically a big rope hanging down to earth at one end, and spinning out into space at the other end. If the middle is exactly in geo orbit, then the center of mass is in geo orbit, and the rope will "fall" forever around the earth just like any satallite without ever moving (relative to the earth).

Fun to think about eh?

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