NASA Extends Prize Funding for Space Elevator Challenges to 5 Years, Spaceward Foundation
"The new agreement expands the time-frame of both the Beam Power and the Tether Challenges from one year to five years through the year 2010, and provides incrementally larger total purses for years two through five above the $200K purse in year one for each contest. For the second through the fifth years, the total prize purses to be offered for each competition each year are$300K, $400K, $500K, and $600K, respectively."
Teams From as Far As Europe to Compete in Space Elevator Games, Spaceward Foundation
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"Probably the most interesting part of the games this year will not happen during the competition itself, but during the week leading to it. In this week, we will set up a little "Olympic village", at the county fairgrounds next to the airport. The purpose of this week is for the teams to assemble and integrate their Space Elevator climbers with our track infrastructure."
The 2006 Space Elevator Games will be held at the X-PRIZE Cup in Las Cruces, NM, October 20-21.