Ben Shelef, CEO of Spaceward, the organization that is putting on the Space Elevator Games, has come up with two additional mockup views of the venue for this year’s Space Elevator Games. Ben tells me that these views are to scale.
If this is true (and I’m sure it is), it is mind-boggling how high the Climbers are actually going to have to go this year – 100 meters is a long way up there.
If you plan on attending the Games this year, make sure you bring your binoculars or ensure that your camera has a decent telephoto lens!
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Do NOT use binoculars to look at the LaserMotive entry, unless you want to risk eye damage. Using a camera with a high zoom or something else that puts a CCD between your eye and the vehicle is fine. But direct optics will concentrate any reflected laser light. We’re designing things such that low power binoculars should be safe from a moderate distance, but I wouldn’t risk it.