I’ve not written a lot about the laser-powered teams until now. Most of the attention has been focused on the solar teams and making sure that they could find conditions that they could run in. And, in truth, it’s just neater to video something which is climbing on the ribbon rather than on a workbench.
USST is one of the two laser-powered teams in this year’s Games. Their laser operates at 808 nanometer wavelength.
The thumbnail is a picture of their climber. Click on it for a larger version.
The video is a copy of one they kindly gave me. It shows a test of their laser. It’s shining on a welding cloth at a distance of 59 feet. You can the laser being turned on and then being focused in the video. It’s quite impressive.