Stories tagged Centennial Challenge

Nov
08
2009

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LaserMotive wins $900,000 power beaming space elevator prize

An 11-pound contraption built by LaserMotive of Kent, Wash., successfully climbed up a kilometer high cable suspended from a helicopter in 4 minutes 2 seconds. This qualified them for $900,000. If they had done it in 3 minutes the prize would have been 1.1 million dollars. In four years of the power-beaming competition, LaserMotive is the only competitor to qualify for a cash prize.

Contests are getting the job done

Million dollar prizes are motivating research and development in areas that probably wouldn’t be done otherwise, said Andrew Petro, manager of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program. Many of these challenges have just finished.

Learn more about other Centennial challenges

Source
Winner in Contest Involving Space Elevator New York Times