This is cool. The father of the modern-day concept of the space elevator (and a guest at the 2010 ISEC Space Elevator Conference) Yuri Artsutanov, will be one of the judges at a Space Elevator contest being held next Wednesday, June 18th, in Israel.
“This year’s challenge at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology’s 12th annual Technobrain competition is to build a “space elevator” — a device capable of climbing in a nearly vertical manner (at an 80 degree angle to the ground), to a height of 25 meters.”
I’ve reached out to both Yuri and the Technion institute for more details.
(Photo thumbnail is from Yuri at the 2010 ISEC Space Elevator conference – click on it for a full size picture)