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U of S Space Design Team (USST) Wins First Place
in 2nd annual Elevator:2010 Competition

U of S Space Design Team accepting cheque

The USST is a group of engineering students with an interest in space science and technology. The team has just concluded its second year of operation, in which they finished in first place at the NASA Centennial Challenges Space Elevator Climber Competition in Las Cruces, New Mexico in October 20-22 2006.

This competition was set up by NASA to encourage private and university research
into solving the technical difficulties of a space elevator, a fictional device
which could revolutionize space travel and transportation. The competition this
year involved 12 teams from US, Canada, and Europe. Many of the teams are
university-based teams: for example, Univ. of British Columbia, and MIT (who
dropped out of the competition).

To win the competition (and the $150,000 US prize money), each team had to build
an autonomous robotic climber that would use beam power (laser, microwave, white light) to scale a 200 ft ribbon at a minimum speed of 1 m/s. USST's performance far outpaced any other team, but they missed the minimum speed by a scant 0.04 m/s so were unable to claim the prize money but finished in first place in the competition.

Many of the team's members are students in the Dept. of Physics and Engineering Physics. The Department is very proud of the achievement of its students:

Edwin Zhang
Remko van den Hurk
James Pendrigh
Morgan Bradford
Rob Hewitt
David Chan
Greg Smythe

Find out more about the USST's outstanding achievement from their website and by viewing a Discovery Channel video about the event.

U of S Space Design Team's tether climber




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