Students' space elevator wins top prize in competition

03/27/2008 | San Bernardino County Sun (Calif.)

Four engineering students from the University of California, Santa Cruz, took home a prize from ASCE's Aerospace Division after demonstrating a prototype space elevator designed to deliver payloads into orbit without the use of rockets. The solar-powered elevator carried its payload up a 20-foot ribbon of webbing, demonstrating the workability of the concept. To reach orbit, the elevator's tether would need to be 22,236 miles long, according to the university.

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