October 20th, 2006
One new development; Centaurus Aerospace has arrived - better late than never. They have both a Climber entry (microwave powered) and a tether entry.
The qualifying tether (30′) is currently located at the fairgrounds - a place where the teams have set up shop. The plan for tomorrow is to move the qualifying tether to the competition site - fairly near to where the competition will be held. This will give the four teams that have not yet qualified (Punkworks, SpaceMiners, Starclimber and Centaurus Aerospace) one last chance to do so. If any do qualify, they’ll be scheduled onto the 200 foot tether - time permitting of course.
Time will be especially tight on the competition tether and I won’t be at all surprised if the time limits placed on each try become pretty draconian tomorrow - many teams want a chance at the tether and so the time allotted for each team will be short. Competition will be starting as early as possible in order to minimize the wind effects (which kick up later in the day).
Speaking of tethers, the tether strength competition will be held tomorrow in the afternoon.
25OCT2006 - I’ve been informed by the SpaceMiners team that I had been misstating their team name, calling it Space Miners instead of the proper SpaceMiners (one word, not two). It is now fixed in this and previous posts - my apologies to Vince and his team.