Daily Archives: September 10, 2007

Doh! The Simpsons invade the Space Elevator Games!

Who knew?  Ben Shelef, CEO of Spaceward (the umbrella organization organizing the Space Elevator Games) has enlisted the help of Homer and Marge Simpson.  I can’t wait to meet them at this year’s Games!

Homer and Marge are shown at the anchor station for the Climber/Power-Beaming competition.  Homer is standing on the anchor plate while Marge is next to the Belay line.  In between them (but closer to Marge) is the Anti-Rotation wire, mounted on a damper and some weights.

And I just hope that’s not a Canadian Beer that Homer is holding…

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The X-Prize Cup and the Space Elevator Games

As many readers know, last year the Space Elevator Games were held in conjunction with the X Prize Cup in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  While it was nice to have the two events together, it certainly wasn’t without its problems.  At times, the Space Elevator games seemed to be the “poor stepchild” of the games; events that were happening there were occasionally not announced on the speaker system and therefore ignored by the crowds; the webcam/tv coverage of the Space Elevator portion of the entire event was nonexistant and, on a personal note, the Press tent was way the hell away from the SE Games – making it a royal PITA to cover the event and live blog it as I did.

On the Space Prizes Blog, Ray writes about the other side of the coin; that not having these two events together will make seeing both of them much harder.  I can’t fault his logic, but I know that I’m not going to miss the “Rocket Man”  🙂

(Picture of the RocketMan from the RocketMan website)