Light Racer aims to engender technology for moon rovers
Light Racer Competition
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Artist Pat Rawling's impression of a working space elevator Photo: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA-MSFC)
2006 entrant LiteWon
2006 entrant MClimber
August 5, 2007 Almost 40 years after it ended, the Spaceward Foundation is reigniting the space race with the third annual Elevator: 2010 competition. Part of the “Spaceward Games” taking place on October 19-21 near Salt Lake City, the competition is open to any family, school or adult and this year allows participants to compete in more events including the first inaugural Light Racer challenge. The tournament aims to bring attention to the viability of far-reaching space exploration concepts and requires competitors to build beam powered lunar buggies and beam powered cable “climbers”. But the machines aren’t the only thing ascending rapidly in the name of scientific advancement; the total prize money this year has skyrocketed to US$1 million.
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