Space Elevator project seeking public interest
Space Elevator 2010
The Spaceward foundation has announced the Elevator:2010 project, aimed at encouraging public, academic and private sector involvement with development of the Space Elevator.
Popularised in science fiction, a Space Elevator hauling cargo up a ground-to-orbit tether was once considered by scientists an interesting but impractical idea.
According to Spaceward, recent advances in Carbon Nanotube technology have brought the possibility of constructing a Space Elevator tantalizingly close, and ignited active development in the scientific, academic and government sectors.
Elevator:2010 will announce a set of challenges and competitions focused on various Space Elevator concepts and technologies. In addition, Elevator:2010 has embarked on a public showcase of space elevator development and related technologies through ongoing exhibitions at public events and scientific and technology museums across America.
Elevator:2010 is a Spaceward Foundation project. The Spaceward Foundation is a publicly funded, non-profit organisation dedicated to furthering space science and technology in the public mindshare and in educational curriculums.
For more information, visit the Elevator:2010 web site (http://www.elevator2010.org)
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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Just read an article in Gizmag about the fastest elevator going 40 mph. The space elevator is 22,000 miles high. It\'ll only take 23 days for a trip to the top. I think they\'re going to have to make much faster elevators. The trip would only take a day if they could get the elevator speed up to 1000mph.
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