Here are pictures of the other two entries in the Space Elevator – Strong Tether Challenge.
The two loops are from the same competitor. In one of my earlier posts, I showed a nanotube thread – this is the end result of them (Spaceward as sent multiple threads) being wound into a loop.
The ‘long, shiny thing’ is, I understand it correctly, glass fibers coated with carbon nanotubes – I will find out more later and post it.
As always, please click on the picture thumbnails to see a larger version of the picture.