The Japan Space Elevator Association (JSEA) held its 2nd annual Japan Space Elevator Technical & Engineering Competition this past weekend. I received this email from Shuichi Ohno, president of JSEA:
We finished our JSETEC competition 2 days ago.
15 teams bring 16 climbers.
Each team tried 1-3 times.
Champion is Kanagawa University team. (Speed was not high, but safety sureness and functional point was high.)
Top players like Munich team could not complete their climb and (with) decent safety.
All of JSETEC acting team members are too much tired from 3 days competition.
Saskatchewan team’s rope tether climber marks 18.3m/s (=66km/h!) We have not checked, just from their log data, but we watched crazy climb speed before it broke and crashed on the ground.
We are now making English press release. (To be distributed)
– We have a plan to hold climb meeting once for 3 – 4 month.(30-300m eight) to enhance the climber technology. (cost $200 – $300 for each team)
– Andreas of Munich expressed their new SE competition plan in German from 2011.
Some press coverage:
(Source movie of JSETEC was distributed by Reuter. We are now checking why Reuter TV crew didn’t indicate credit on the movie…)
18.3meters/second! Yes, it’s a battery-powered climb, but still, that is very impressive. It’s nice to see that the team from USST is keeping their hand in the game (I assume it’s the same group – I’ll have to check).
I also have just received the Press release from Kayoko Oshima which you can find here. It gives the complete results from the competition.
Finally, Ben Shelef, CEO of the Spaceward Foundation, found a video summary of the competition. You can see it here. Note that this page is an aggregation of news stories. At the moment, this story is the topmost, leftmost one. I don’t know how long it will stay up on this site or it’s future location among other stories. So, the sooner you try and watch it, the better chance you’ll have.
The video summary is very good, and it’s very impressive that they put this together and aired it just a couple of days after the competition.
Congratulations to Shuichi Ohno and the Japan Space Elevator Association for putting on another great competition. And congratulations to all of the competitors, especially the winners from Kanagawa University, for their fine showing.
Last I heard from USST they were prepping for the Japan games. So I am sure that it is the same USST that we are familiar with. They have always had impressive power engineering. So I am not surprised that they had a fast climber.
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