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August 29th, 2005

NASA announces prizes

Borrowing a page from the playbook for the X Prize spaceship competition, NASA has set aside $400,000 over the next two years for competitions to encourage the development of wireless power transmission systems and super-strong tethers.

As for the tethers, Sponberg said the same super-strong materials could be adapted to make next-generation spacecraft lighter and more resilient. "You can imagine layers of carbon nanotubes being laid down, much like we do with composites today and that's what we would take away," he said.


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