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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Space Elevator Competition

In final proof that sports channels don't know what the hell they're doing, for the last five years NASA and The Spaceward Foundation have been running "The Space Elevator Games" - a competition to build a robot and cable to literally CLIMB INTO SPACE - and TV still shows skateboarding instead. The future is happening, and nobody's watching.

Similar to the X Prize and the Google Lunar Prize, the Space Elevator games are based on offering a big chunk of money to access the incredible inventive potential available outside of established agencies. The games attract university teams of student researchers, the next generation of the field, with a total prize purse of four million dollars. Which is more than you'll get at the average track meet.

link: The Space Elevator Games -Next Big ESPN Series?


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