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LaserMotive's Dave Bashford and Steve Burrows
LaserMotive's climber ascending above the anchor area, on its way to the launch point
LaserMotive's Dave Bashford and Spaceward's Ben Shelef at the official post-winning weighing of the LaserMotive climber
LaserMotive's Nick Burrows describing the climber's innerworkings to Dryden's center director, David McBride
KCSP's climber on the launch rail
KCSP during weigh-in. The result - 1.3 kg. (Confirmed by NASA's Andy Petro)
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KCSP's Hugh "Ryan" Smith manning the beam director controls.
KCSP's optical system (foreground) and control station (background)
USST's Climber and launch platform (a.k.a "The Trampoline")
Spaceward's Tetherman and Heloman look on, as USST is preparing the climber for connection to the cable
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The TRUMPF laser truck
Morning Briefing. 05:15.
Morning Panorama - activities began each day at 5 am with a daily briefing, followed by transit to the anchor area, preparations, and first flight at 7 am.
Inside the control van. Mike Kapitzke (ops director) in the foreground, John Piatt (Laser safety) behind him, and Vern McGeorge (camera judge) in the background.
Virtual Bob in its collapsed state. In the background, KCSP's climber.
The Spaceward Foundation - The future is closer than it appears.
3,250 feet of steel cable...
Virtual Bob in action - Apex (Orange) is ~65' in the air, the three chains are partially airborne, as intended.
Helicopter and LaserMotive's climber - The helicopter is 4300' above ground level, and the climber is at the starting point 100m (330') about ground level.
The "Kelly Kage" - a combination falling debris shelter and vertical spotting apparatus. Heloman (Keith Mackey) can assess the helicopter's position by aligning the two crosses
Happiness is a cardboard check.
Kansas City Space Pirates team photo
LaserMotive team photo
2009 - LaserMotive's Jordin Kare and Tom Nugent
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2009 - The TRUMPF power source
2009 - USST's Mark Boots, Engineering Lead, and Nathan Windels, in front of the main display
2009 - Andrew Williams, USST's mechanical lead.
2009 - The Gong of a Thousand Years - USST's PV receiver.
2009 - Leonardo da Winch (ee!) carrying 5000' of climb cable, with helicopter in the background.
2009 - Climb cable just starting to be pulled up. At this point 1000' of lift cable are already vertical
2009 - Leonardo lined up with the anchor plate.
2009 - Testing the winch and cable assembly using a pull truck. U-Haul - A thousand uses and one.
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2008 - Tether Pull - Yoku Inue from Shizuoka University
2008 - Tether Pull - Shizuoka University's tether on the tether pull machine
2008 - Tether Pull - Shizuoka University's tether
2008 - Tether Pull - What are house tethers made of... (Zylon and M-77)