THE 2008 SPACEWARD
There were some impressive
climbs at the 2007 Spaceward Games,
but none fast enough to claim the
$500,000 prize purse. Therefore, that
money rolls over next year to create a
prize purse worth $1,000,000!
Of course, a prize purse that large
comes with large strings attached. The
2008 games will use a ribbon 1,000
meters or 0.6 miles tall! If all goes well,
the ribbon will be suspend by a large
weather balloon and held in place
with three cords forming a pyramid
structure with the balloon at the apex.
The balloon will be capable of lifting
four tons and must be tied down with
1/2 inch thick Spectra cable.
As you can imagine, this structure
can’t just be located anywhere.
Potential locations for the 2008
Spaceward Games and its ribbon structure include Meteor Crater, Arizona,
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, and two high
power rocketry sites that I have visited.
The game is slated to occur in
early September 2008 and is in the
early planning stages. You don’t have
long to prepare if you want to field a
new entry for 2008. You can read
about the games and register your
entries at the Spaceward Foundation
website at www.spaceward.org.
Onwards and Upwards,
Your Near Space Guide NV
Rachel and I were engaged on December 28, 2007.
■ FIGURE 16. The Kansas City Space
Pirates with their climber on the ribbon.
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