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wvbraun

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<i>Enthusiasts on Friday unveiled an effort to establish an annual competition for space-elevator technologies, taking a page from the playbook for other high-tech contests such as the $10 million Ansari X Prize.</i><br /><br />Link<br /><br /><br />I think this is a great idea. It's really encouraging to see so much being done in the private sector and by non-profit organizations. All this will advance the day when we won't need governments any more to get into space, cheaply. At that point the real space age will begin.
 
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arobie

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Good News. I also think it is a good idea.<br /><br />Could you check your link? It's not working for me.
 
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mikejz

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All this effort on climbers seems rather odd--The carbon tether is really the issue (along with what it must face--space junk) I remember something about using carbon nanotubes as a conductor, so maybe the tether could be electrified. <br /><br />I would say that they could get the prize around 3 billion (which might not be that hard, just find a few billionaires) you might get some results. The only thing is that it has to be arranged so that those who put up the prize money manage to a return on the prize. <br />
 
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Swampcat

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<font color="yellow">"Could you check your link? It's not working for me."</font><br /><br />Try here. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="3" color="#ff9900"><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>------------------------------------------------------------------- </em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."</em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong></font></p></font> </div>
 
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arobie

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Thank you for fixing the link.<br /><br />I like the looks of all this. Yesterday I had thought that a space elevator would be a nice thing to have, but it didn't look like we would get one within any reasonable time. Now this contest is moving it along. <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br /><font color="yellow">"Shelef said an even grander challenge, on the scale of the Ansari X Prize, would be announced in the months ahead.<br /><br />"We want to surpass the X Prize," Shelef said, referring to that competition's $10 million purse."</font><br /><br /><img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> The X-Prize has succeded in jump starting the space revolution. Now competitions are competing with each other to be the biggest and best competiton.
 
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meteo

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I mean let's "imagine" these guys put up 10 million, what would that compare to the current amount of R&D put into CNTS? I agree that the real hurdle is the CNT ribbon. However, researching the surrounding infrastructure leads to increased public awareness and a LEO-UP elevator NOW?...It could happen. In summary of my rambling...cool. <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" />
 
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