Going Up? Space Elevator Games Begin

November 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Rocketing off to space? Some think an elevator might be the way to go. The so-called space elevator is the future goal of the $2 million - dollar space elevator games that starts today in the Mojave Desert. '

A computerized model was unveiled over the summer at a space elevator conference in Washington.

In a major test of the concept, robotic machines powered by laser beams will try to climb a cable suspended from a helicopter hovering more than a half-mile high at Edwards Air Force Base.

Several teams have qualified to participate. The contest is a step toward bringing the idea of a space elevator out of the realm of science fiction and into reality.

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