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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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By tigz1218 on 9/4/2006 10:19:18 PM , Rating: 1
With this day in age, I hope NASA kept that in mind. Would be an easy target for a plane to fly into. What ever happened to the long magnetic runway launch system they were going to build ?

RE: Terrorism
By jabber on 9/5/2006 5:30:13 AM , Rating: 1
"With this day in age, I hope NASA kept that in mind. Would be an easy target for a plane to fly into. What ever happened to the long magnetic runway launch system they were going to build ?"

With that attitude why dont we just all stay at home, lock our doors and hide under the bed? That way we can let the human race die out from fear and indifference.

Forget 'Terrorists' they are nothing. If something gets blown up, so what? Get up and rebuild it again. Don't just give up and not bother because of what might have a slim chance of happening.

Dont let folks stop you thinking outside of the box. I find this a worrying trend.

RE: Terrorism
By rykerabel on 9/5/2006 4:43:40 PM , Rating: 2
Then never ever attend your childrens elementary school class. All they teach kids now is how to be victims, how to let other people think for them, and that everyone gets rewarded no matter who actually did the real work.

Its a horrible thing to witness but easy if you just go look for yourself. They don't try to hide it since they firmly believe what they are teaching. "No child left behind" = "No reward for achievement and no punishment for sloth"

RE: Terrorism
By Ringold on 9/5/2006 7:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
Entirely true, guys.

Terrorists win the day we listen to fear-struck cowering yellowbelly's that curl up in a ball any time the going gets tough. Rebuild, bigger, taller, better than before. That's how I look at in when hurricanes knock things around; just a (forced) opportunity to upgrade, rebuild things better than before, with modern equipment, methods and standards.

Besides, it's been pointed out in other news posts how difficult it conceivably would be to really hit one of these. Given that it would be on an island along the equator, it'd be extremely easy to isolate, both from on the surface and in the air.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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