LaserMotive, an independent R&D company specializing in laser power beaming technology, has announced the appointment of company co-founder Tom Nugent as President and technology industry veteran David Bashford as Vice President of Operations.
Just as one big-money contest for high-tech innovators winds down, another revs up: The $2 million Power Beaming Challenge, a competition that could lay the groundwork for future space elevators, is getting under way - and you can follow the action live.
If space elevators work out the way the idea's advocates hope, sending payloads into orbit would become as routine as, say, sending a shipment on a freight train - except that the train would travel straight up for hundreds or thousands of miles, powered by laser beams.
Before jumping to the conclusion that anyone trying to build an elevator into space must be a little crazy, consider that NASA has put up $2 million for a related contest and several new Seattle-area businesses have started working toward this lofty goal.
Brian Turner, captain of the Kansas City Space Pirates, spent Tuesday afternoon talking to all the eighth-grade science classes at Clark Middle School about the upcoming Space Elevator Games, taking place in June. Turner, an independent computer consultant, said prize money for this year’s competition is $2 million.
The million-dollar Space Elevator Games, scheduled for Oct. 19-21 in Utah, is due to hit new heights this year, in more ways than one.