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July 26th, 2007
The million-dollar Space Elevator Games, scheduled for Oct. 19-21 in Utah, is due to hit new heights this year, in more ways than one. Last year, the total purse was $400,000 - and one of the teams came oh-so-close to winning a prize. This year, NASA's Centennial Challenge program has more than doubled the money being offered ... more teams are getting more serious about chasing those bigger prizes ... the speed and height requirements have been doubled as well ... and a kid-friendly competition has been added to the games.
The same goes for the second NASA-backed event: the Tether Challenge. This competition rewards folks who come up with stronger ribbon materials - perhaps carbon nanotube fabrics that could be used in those future space elevators, or in the next generation of lightweight composites.
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