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Space Elevator Games Update
  November 5, 2009
Team LaserMotive continues to lead at the
2009 Space Elevator Games!

On the second day of the 2009 Space Elevator Games - Climber / Power-Beaming Challenge, the Climber from Team LaserMotive ascended the 900 meter racecourse at an average speed of nearly 4 meters / second, bettering their speed from yesterday.

So far, Team LaserMotive is the only team to exceed an average speed of 2 meters / second and so are the only team currently qualified for a portion of the $900,000 prize purse offered by NASA as part of its Centennial Challenges program.

The climber from the Kansas City Space Pirates team also competed today and, while successfully powering multiple climbs with a laser, they were unable to make it to the top.  They will have one more attempt tomorrow to try and qualify for NASA Prize money.

The USST (University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team) Team had two windows today to try and qualify for prize money.  In the first window, they were unable to ascend very high on the cable and they passed on their second opportunity, choosing instead to continue tweaking their system.

If any team's climber can reach an average speed of 5 meters / second, they would then qualify for a portion of the entire $2,000,000 prize purse being offered by NASA.

If multiple teams make either the 2 meters / second or the 5 meters / second threshold, a formula will be used to determine the split of the prize pool between the winning teams.

The Space Elevator Games are being broadcast live on uStream.  To see this video and audio stream and to follow all of the action in real time, visit or go to the official site of the Space Elevator Games,, and click the LIVE COVERAGE button at the top of the screen.

You can also follow the action on Twitter at

Press coverage continues to be extensive including stories from the AP, ABC, Fox News and many other local affiliates.

The 2009 Space Elevator Games resume on November 6th, 2009, at 7:00am - US Pacific Time for the third and final day.  Come and watch and see history in the making!
ISEC Logo - transparent background EuroSpaceward's 3rd Annual Conference coming up in December

On December 5th and 6th, EuroSpaceward will hold it's third annual conference.  This year it is titled "Space Elevator, CNT Tether Design & Lunar Industrial Challenges".

The preliminary program for this conference is now available. It can be downloaded here or from the EuroSpaceward website.

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ISEC LogoThe International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC) is the result of a coming-together of leading figures and organizations who have worked long and hard over many years to promote the concept of a Space Elevator.  With organizational members in the United States, Europe and Japan and individual members from around the world, ISEC's goal is nothing less than to get a Space Elevator built.
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