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First stage of NASA’s ‘space elevator’ contest won

By / November 6, 2009

LaserMotive‘s photovoltaic-powered machine became the first in the three-year history of NASA’s space elevator contest to climb a 2,953-foot-long ribbon, securing a prize of $900,000. The competition saw teams use laser-powered robots they designed and built to climb a 1 kilometer-long cable suspended vertically from a hovering helicopter. LaserMotive fell short of the $2 million…

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