Punkworks was a Canadian team entrant into the 2006 Space Elevator Games Climber (Power Beaming) event Their climber was Microwave powered, the only one like this in the tournament. Unfortunately, they were unable to compete because they just couldn’t get their system working in time. It was a real shame; many of us, including the event organizers, were looking for someone, anyone, to compete using other than spotlights or solar power.
Punkworks is still not listed yet as an official entrant into the 2007 Space Elevator games, but an entry on their blog leads me to believe that they are hoping to compete this year anyway. It says, in part,
“After taking a long winter hiatus, our team has a fresh outlook for 2007 but has not forgotten the lessons learned from last year’s competition. The tests and redesign will ultimately determine whether the team will compete in October. In the meantime, a notice of interest has been submitted to the Spaceward Foundation in regards to Punkworks participation in this year’s contest. The team has also garnered outside interest from a silent partner if the beam tests are successful and prove to have enough beam power.”
Here’s hoping they make it – I’d love to see them give it a real shot at this year’s competition.
One note; their blog entry says that the competition will be in October. That HAS NOT YET BEEN DECIDED. As I’ve written before, the time and venue for this event are not yet finalized. When they are, they’ll be posted on the Elevator2010 website and on this blog.