It looks like the German WARR team will NOT be competing this year. Today, I received this email from Andreas Hein, WARR team member:
Nice to hear from you! We already studied the rulebook for this year and unfortunately we don’t see a chance to participate successfully. This is due to the significant increase of the climbing height and the changed geometry from a ribbon to a rope.
In 2008 we’ll continue to optimize our system and conduct extended testing. There is also a study on its way to investigate whether we may participate in the competition in 2009 from a energy transmission point of view.
We’ll try to give you further information as soon as our future planning is set and hope to stay in contact with you!
Damn – I would have loved to see that 30 meter emitter. If I make it to the 2nd European Workshop on Space Elevator Design, maybe I can arrange a side trip to check it out…
Let’s hope we can see this team compete next year.