Video coverage of the Space Elevator Competition in Israel

In my previous post, I had written about a new Space Elevator competition in Israel and that the originator of the modern-day concept of the space elevator, Russian Engineer Yuri Artsutanov, would be there as a judge.  While I can’t find any results posted as of yet, I did hear from Eugene Schlusser, Yuri’s friend (and unofficial translator), who accompanied Yuri to the 2010 ISEC Space Elevator conference.  Eugene lets me know that Yuri did indeed make it to the competition and did act as a judge.  And, better yet, there was coverage of this in Russia and a YouTube video has been made of it (hint: it helps if you speak Russian and/or Hebrew :).

Yuri appears at two different times in the video; around the 53 second mark and again at the 1:05 mark.

I’m still hopeful of getting some pictures from the competition which I will, of course, post here.

This competition reminds me so much of the early days of the NASA/Spaceward Space Elevator Games; Climbers climbing a racetrack held aloft by a crane, students frantically working on their equipment, etc.  It brings back some great memories.

Thank you Eugene!

2 thoughts on “Video coverage of the Space Elevator Competition in Israel

  1. Chris Hibbert

    If anyone knows the results, competitors, or any special achievements, it would be really valuable to have them annotated on the wikipedia page: As far as I can tell, this is the only site collecting results, so we have some chance of tracking progress over time. All I was able to gather from a translated cut-n-paste of the YouTube transcript is that the crane height was 25 meters.

  2. Eugene Schlusser

    My pleasure,Ted.
    I am glad you picked the video up and have a link to it.
    I’ll see if I can get some details/results from Yuri or his son Nicolas, who is also in the video having accompanied Yuri to Israel.

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