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Originally posted by beyondSciFiI think it would have been better if they got the whole world involved though ... not just America. It would have been cool to see designs from all over. Still this will definitely be very interesting. This is like a new space race...
Lots of american entires, and I only think the Canadian Arrow group was even close to beating Scaled systems. I could be wrong.. but also I am too tired to try and research more
Originally posted by Soldier
There are no altruistic reasons for this prize. Bigelow is offering this prize strictly in a move to corner the market in space habitats...
... If Bigelow is smart, which he clearly is, he will ensure that his space habitats have a patented design for the docking station. This prize will guarantee that all of the new space travel ventures will only be able to dock with his space stations.
Originally posted by Countermeasures
I would think that Bigelows inflatable hotel modules combined pack enough mass to allow suspending a rotating tether from them and catch them crewvehicles up, wich are flying on an altitude of 150-200 km with mach 3 or something, at least this would lower very much the requirements (as opposed to mach 18) for the crew vehicles, in fact, the Bigger the bigelow hotel, the better, once big enough they could start hoisting up new inflatable habitats with the tethers as well.
[edit on 27-2-2005 by Countermeasures]
Originally posted by Jehosephat
some how i think there would be more benifit for a prize like this for a soace elevator
The main problem with space elevators is that we currently do not have strong enough materials to build one, but not only that building that high now is near impossible. But even if it is build in the later future, it would be a serious problem if one fell. Can you imagine how much destruction this would cause! But they would also be impractical and wasteful once we discover antigravity...