2008 Power Beaming Competition

Power beaming is just another way to say solar climbing. This is a competition hosted by The Spaceward Foundation. The end goal is to design a structure that will transport material from Earth into space without using rockets.

The competition requires you to build a climber with the specs that follow:
"net weight is limited to 50 kg [110 lbs], and they must ascend the ribbon at a minimum speed of 2 m/s. [6.6 feet per second] carrying as much payload as possible. A high performance prize will be awarded to teams that can move at 5 m/s. [16.5 fps]"

Remember, this must be solar powered. Doesn't matter who wins this is an interesting engineering project, can't wait to see what people come up with.

Anyone interested?

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Oooohhh! I wish I had the money to do this. I would use electromagnets. Like a Mag-lev train.
Doveman9 years ago
So its like a giant elevator?
For space things, like cheese.
or bananas.
Cheese bananas.
Thats the best thing I think I have ever heard of! You must be a genius!
Fry some banana slices up, fire them in a toasty with cream cheese and peanut butter, it sounds rank but the tastes work really well together and though a bit high in fat it's got alot of healthy stuff in it...
It's wierd sounding and at first a similar combo, I was like eugh, no way then I tried and was like Mhhhhmmm
Mmmm...banana cheese....
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