DC from SpaceElevator came by the other day at my work to pick up some XPORT and XPORT Dongles. Well, he told me about some cool sites that build space elevators! The competition will be held at the X-PRIZE Cup in Las Cruces, NM on October 20-21. Thanks DC for the info! 🙂
Elevator:2010 is designed to address the “social engineering” of the Space Elevator. Taking our cue from the X-prize, solar car races, and various other competitive ventures, we use engineering competitions as a tool to capture mindshare in academia, space enthusiast community, and the general public.In the days of airships, the advocates of planes devised a new way to promote their (obviously impractical…) inventions. It was called an “air show”, and it had a dual purpose: First, these pioneers knew that they could explain airplanes all they wanted using equations and diagrams – it was not until they showed them flying that they really got their message across. Second, they recognized the power of competition – by bringing together airplane enthusiasts in a competitive environment, they were able to accelerate the rate of development beyond what was likely in the isolated confines of their shops.
Our goal is to infect the engineering and science community with our passion for building the Space Elevator, thus making them ambassadors to our cause. As the fruits of their efforts take to the air every year, we will have demonstrated the feasibility and sheer simplicity of the Space Elevator concept, and will have brought it closer to reality.