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Y'all are a little behind on space eleveators. NASA has been taking a two-track approach so far:
- NIAC-type studies; as previously indicated;
- most recently, breaking up the job into small 'pieces' and offering prize competitions for each small increment additional. Prizes are currently limited by law; but it's been increased once already, and the agency is working on an additional increase. The only small competition staged so far created an incredible amount of media interest--totally out of proportion to the exceedingly small effort at the moment; got on CNN, the major wires, etc.

Right now, NASA has opened the doors to any recommendations on what new, specific prizes might be offered in the space- breakout category of things, or change of direction in them, etc. etc. Go to and look for Centenial Prizes.

One other thing: congrats on the superconductor angle; we're closer to that (IMO) than you might think. Japan's 70-km superconductor maglev train test track has always been regular superconductors; but last year, for the first time, they got into high-temperature superoconductor testing, with HTS wire from American Superconductor in Massachusets. (AMSC is now producing over 400,000 meters/year of either first generation or second generation wire). You can drop by our (occassionally-used) AMSC board.

FD: own AMSC
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