Success Stories - Univ of Saskatchewan's Space Design Team
On behalf of the members of USST, I want to send my utmost thanks to
you for your support this summer. Your help led us to our third
consecutive first place finish in NASA’s Elevator 2010 competition,
held in Salt Lake City from Oct 13th – 22nd. We beat out 28 teams from
seven countries that originally signed up for the 2007 competition and,
in doing so, restored our role as the world leader in space elevator
and power beaming technology.
Here is a quick summary of the competition:
• We finished in first place having the best performance for the third
year in a row.
• We again narrowly missed winning the prize money. Only 0.2 m/s short
of the $500,000 prize.
• We set three competition records which are also currently considered
world records. They are as follows:
o The first ever laser powered climb,
o The highest ever laser powered climb ,
o The fastest ever laser powered climb.
• We also set the world record for the largest amount of wireless
energy ever transferred using a laser. The most up until now was about
2 watts of mechanical energy. We transferred around 400 watts into
• Despite the (100 meter) ribbon breaking during one of our runs, our
climber survived and was not damaged.
• We were invited to speak and have just returned from three
prestigious Aerospace Conferences. They were held in Luxembourg City
- Luxembourg, Kona - Hawaii and Calgary - Alberta. They were all back
to back and were held from November 8th – 18th. They were sponsored by
Euro Spaceward the U.S. Air force and the Canadian Space Society.
Our web site is in the process of being updated with the
media exposure and visuals from the competition. I have included a link
of a Discovery Channel
interview we had before we left for the conferences.
U of S Space Design Team