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
quote: It can work, but it will require a large initial investment of funds to get a sufficiently massive anchoring point and attached by a strong enough tether. After that is done it is plain sailing as anything you can send up can be accompaned by enough fuel to ensure the anchoring-mass is kept moving at the correct velocity.