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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: More about elevators
By slunkius on 9/5/2006 1:19:55 AM , Rating: 1
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This story isn't really news, except that NASA decided to hold an event.


...and you get the 1st prize in category "I have known it for years". Hooray!!!


RE: More about elevators
By rushfan2006 on 9/5/2006 9:31:35 AM , Rating: 3
Granted I'm not a people person and I openly admit that with full honesty.....but here goes my comment...

I agree with you these types of folks "Blah! this isn't news"...do these folks have such low esteems that they actually feel validated in some strange geekish way "HAHA!! I got you know feeble Daily Tech..I was more informed than you were...NOW I WILL CONQUER THE WORLD!!!"....

C'mon folks no really gives two shits if you heard the news before or whatever...you want a cookie or something?



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