So, one of the criteria for winning, assuming that a Climber can make the ascent in the required minimum time, is how much payload the climber carries – it figures into the prize-winning calculation.
Given that we have three teams here, and that the rules for payload are very lax (basically, nothing that has or has had a heartbeat), it is to be expected that each team will be a bit creative in deciding what they will use for payload.
The Kansas City Space Pirates are using BB’s – weighed into bags. The picture shows KCSP team member Frank Smith weighing the BB’s – different bags for different weights. Rumor has it that they also maybe using Susan B. Anthony Dollars too, if they get very confident…
Team LaserMotive is using Poker Chips. As a big fan of Texas Hold’em (yes, I admit it, I watch them play cards on TV), I am particularly fond of this solution. And as team member Jordin Kare (shown holding the Poker chips) said to me; “If we don’t win the prize money in the climb, perhaps we can win it playing cards“.
Finally there is USST. They are as usual, very tight-lipped about this. They tell me that they haven’t worried about carrying payload, just about making 5 meters/second. Yeah, right, sure… This picture shows some of their team members looking around for something – perhaps it’s their payload…
Good luck to all teams and the organizer! Weather promises to be perfect during competition days. We should be able to see another success story after the splendid Regolith Excavation Challenge 2 weeks ago!