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17 February 2010 KC Space Pirates and NASA's Power Beaming Challenge
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The Space Elevator Games with $2 Million in prize money is one of the most exciting challenges in the NASA Centennial Challenges program. We had an 8kW TRUMPF laser beaming power straight up 1 kilometer to a moving vehicle. This paper is the team captain's analysis of the state of the art in power beaming, and the excitement and challenge of the games themselves. Predictions are made of what new technology we will see in the next round of the games coming spring 2010.
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Brian Turner and Martin Lades "KC Space Pirates and NASA's Power Beaming Challenge", Proc. SPIE 7581, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications IV, 75810P (17 February 2010);


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