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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: Other things first
By Ringold on 9/5/2006 7:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, you guys arent looking for one red government cent? Doing it privately?

To a red-blooded capitalist, LiftPort just became beautiful. Thats a great idea, 'cause NASA would do nothing but slow you people down, create cost overruns, and you guys would end up with another International Boondoggle, er, Space Station.

RE: Other things first
By bdunbar on 9/8/2006 8:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, you guys arent looking for one red government cent? Doing it privately?

No. Yes.

It can't be done without the government's help. We've already had extensive dealings with the FAA and we'll have more with other agencies in the future.

Too, if Uncle Sam is willing to pay some of the costs of development then we'd be foolish not to accept their help. The first customer is likely to be the government for that matter. They send up a lot of satellites and the cost savings should be enormous.

And this is okay. It's the job of the state to prime the pump for projects like this; always has been.

But yes, the goal is for Liftport to remain a private company and to build and operate a space elevator system.

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