I emailed Markus, asking how it went and this was his reply:
“It went quite well. We had a number of people gathering and picking up information on the space elevator project.
Most noteworthy perhaps that we are now getting in touch with Tallin Institute of Technology and Tartu University (Mechatronics division) to promote the beam power challenge. They had a robotics competiton there in 2007, where the challenge for the competing robot teams was to climb up a rope of 2,5 m. You see the connex to the NASA challenge 🙂
(For more information visit their Robotex website with an overview and task description in English: http://www.robotex.ee/overview).
Concerning the ISU Symposium itself you can find pictures of it at:
They were taken by Ondrej Doule, the ISU student that participated in the Luxembourg workshop. Please reference him in case you find an image worth to be blogged.”
But the REALLY interesting item in his email to me was the following tidbit:
“Another bit of information that may be interesting is that Prof. Alan Windle and his team at Cambridge University including Dr. Marcelo Motta are now definitely considering participating in the NASA tether challenge. The final decision however, (as always) depends on the sponsorship they get in order to finance the preparation of the competition tether. We are of course trying to assist them as much as possible since w’d love to see them at the Spaceward Games!”
This is the team, of course, that announced their ~9 GPa – N/Tex nanotube fibers (blogged about here and many other places) at the 1st annual European Space Elevator Climber and Tether workshop.
I am reminded of the immortal line from the movie “Jaws” when Police Chief Martin Brody, viewing the Great White shark for the first time, says “You’re going to need a bigger boat”. If we have several teams that show up at this competition with carbon nanotube tethers meeting (or perhaps exceeding?) 9 GPa, all I can say to Spaceward is “You’re going to need a stronger machine”…
(Picture of Great White Shark from here – click on it for a larger version)