And, no sooner than I put up a post about the National Space Society (NSS) reaching an agreement with TRUMPF to use their lasers, I get this email from David Nemir, the team leader of another new competitor, the TXL Group:
Team TXL is pleased to announce that TRUMPF Group will furnish the TXL laser powered beam source. As the leading worldwide manufacturer of industrial lasers, TRUMPF Group represents a huge asset to TXL Group. We applaud TRUMPF Group’s recognition of the importance of the space elevator. We also applaud TRUMPF’s willingness to make such a significant investment in the Space Elevator Competition.
This makes FOUR groups who have reached agreement with TRUMPF; the TXL Group, the National Space Society (NSS), the Kansas City Space Pirates and the Queens Space Engineering Team. Add these four to the other two laser-powered teams, Lasermotive and USST, and you have at least six teams planning on powering their climbers with lasers this year.
Only 189 more days…