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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: Realistic...how?
By PrinceGaz on 9/4/2006 8:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
Might I suggest you read some sci-fi novels by the likes of Arthur C. Clarke and Kim Stanley Robinson who provide a good insight into the likely problems and solutions of space-elevators as they have a scientific background and a space-elevator was a major part of one or more of their novels.

After reading them, and other more scientific material, you will realise a space-elevator is the most viable long-term solution to launching material into orbit.


RE: Realistic...how?
By bdunbar on 9/5/2006 12:06:15 AM , Rating: 2
Or you could read the Dr. Brad Edwards NIAC paper from 2002. Dated in some respects but still a good starting point.

We host a copy at Liftport - http://www.liftport.com/files/521Edwards.pdf



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