World Record Set for Power Beaming

Written by on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Wednesday afternoon, November 4th, the LaserMotive team set a new record in the Power Beaming competition by climbing 900 meters vertically with an average speed of 3.73 m/s (as reported by the Space Elevator Blog), more than doubling the previous record (1.8m/s set by USST in 2007). That performance qualifies us for the $900,000 prize level, and was achieved using less than half the laser power we had available in 2007.

The entire team is exceedingly satisfied that our system performed this well today, and we could not have done it without support from our sponsors and our families. There will be many stories to tell once the competition is over.

The competition continues on Thursday. Other teams may qualify for prize money, and LaserMotive will be aiming to break the 5 m/s prize level. Stay tuned for more news.

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