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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 Lastfreethinker on 9/4/2006 5:55:45 PM , Rating: 0
That was part of what I was talking about. For the Space Elevator to work you will need a large space station. The best object for this mission would be an asteroid. Since we NEED a space elevator to actually do anything. This means you would want to put an asteroid in GSO...I don't know about you but I wouldn't trust them. According to their logic we would need a space elevator to make a space elevator.


RE: To where?
By Ringold on 9/5/2006 6:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
The second space elevator gets mentioned because the first one would be used to make the second one for pocket change in comparison to the first. The first makes all others much, much cheaper.. And the more there are, the more that of course lowers costs to get cargo up to orbit. Basically, they're pointing out once we have one, it's crazy not to have a second one.


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