Both LaserMotive and Centaurus passed the “qualification” tests that were run today. This means that all 8 teams which have showed up “qualified”.
I put “qualified” in quotes because now I’m not quite sure what that means. It was my understanding that the teams which passed todays tests were considered qualified. Now it’s my understanding that this is only provisional. If the weather tomorrow does not permit additional qualification runs, then the tests today will be considered qualification ones. However, if the weather tomorrow does permit runs to be made, then the teams have to go through the same qualification tests which the Kansas City Space Pirates successfully did on Monday.
At least that’s my understanding now. I’m sure it will be clarified in tomorrow morning’s team meeting.
I am uploading the “qualification” videos now to YouTube. They will take some time and then I will include them in the next post.
In the meantime, I’d like to salute the hard-work and inventiveness shown by the three people who were largely responsible for putting together the indoor “qualification” rig. From left to right, they are Michael Fischer, Bryan Laubscher and Vern McGeorge. Some people may recognize Michael as being one of the entrants into last year’s Games. He tells me that he is also an honorary member of the E-T-C team. Bryan is the safety officer and is also a major booster of the Space Elevator concept (and a partner with Dr. Brad Edwards in Black Line Ascension). Vern is a long time Spaceward volunteer and is one of the crew who works in the background making things happen.
Thanks, guys. Without your work today, these runs would have never happened.
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