Results from the Japan Space Elevator Games

August 15th, 2009

Last weekend, the Japan Space Elevator Association  (JSEA) sponsored their first Japan Space Elevator Technical & Engineering Competition (JSETEC).

Shuichi Ohno, president of JSEA, sent me the results of the competition as well as some photographs.  My favorite picture is the middle one in this post - a tether going up into the sky.  Unfortunately the picture is a bit blurry, but it’s still cool nonetheless…

This event looked like a lot of fun - I wish I could have attended, perhaps next year.

Competition Goals:

Participants competed to see whose battery-powered Climber would be the fastest to ascend a 50mm wide 150m long tether elevated by a helium-filled balloon.


Despite the somewhat uncooperative weather and some strong wind, teams were able to test their respective climbers once on each day of the competition.  Sporting a variety of styles and unique engineering, hopefully the climbers brought out some insight into what a real Space Elevator Climber may be.

I’m not surprised they had weather / wind issues.  It wouldn’t be a Climber competition without them :)

Refer to the Press Release to see the detailed results of the competition.

Future Plans:

Each year we will look toward increasing the height 2-fold and refining the regulations and categories which will be evaluated. JSEA looks forward to participating in other areas related with Space Elevator development.  Please see our Home Page for details.

Congratulations to the Japan Space Elevator Association and its president, Shuichi Ohno, on a successful competition!  We’re all looking forward to what you will accomplish next year.

(Pictures provided by JSEA - click on the picture thumbnails to see a larger version)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Seichrist  |  August 15th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The last 2 look very much like an illustration we had drawn for Spaceward when we first started.

    Also, did you know that Len was there in Japan? Len has been a Spaceward volunteer for years. You should get a first hand account from him.

  • 2. Ted Semon  |  August 15th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Yes, Ben just told me about Len - I’m certainly going to ping him when I get a chance…

  • 3. Videos from Japan’s&hellip  |  August 27th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    […] took place just a couple of weekends ago (August 8th and 9th) and I had previously posted about it (here) and included some pictures that Shuichi Ohno, President of the Japan Space Elevator Association […]

  • 4. 2nd Annual JSETEC Competi&hellip  |  June 15th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    […] & Engineering Competition) event.  I blogged about the inaugural event, held in 2009, here and here.  It was a great success and I’m sure this year’s event will be […]

  • 5. 2012 JSETEC is in the wor&hellip  |  March 26th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    […] posts about the 2009 competition here, the 2010 competition here and the 2011 competition here.  There are also several other posts […]

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