Space Elevator Talks – Saturday, August 17, 2019

Included with paid admission to the Museum of Flight

This year’s Family Science Fest and the RoboClimb competition have been cancelled.  The two public space elevator talks will still be presented. Learn about the Space Elevator and its importance to mankind at Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations.  These talks are included in the Museum of Flight admission price.

Space Elevator Talks

Location:  Museum of Flight, Great Gallery
Date:  Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time:  11 am to 1 pm
Cost:  Included with Museum of Flight admission.  There is no registration required for these presentations.

Planned activities include:

  • Space Elevator 101 and 201 presentations in the Space Gallery (next to the shuttle simulator).
    • 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM SE 101 –  “An Introduction to the Space Elevator” presented by Dr. Pete Swan
    • 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM SE 101 Q&A
    • 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM SE 201 – “Space Elevator Design Challenges and Usage Scenarios” presented by John Knapman
    • 12:40 PM – 1:00 PM SE 201 Q&A
  • Robo Climb Cancelled this year since not enough participants.  A competition for middle- and high-school level robotics teams to design, build, and program an autonomous, tether-climbing robot. Prizes will be awarded to the top-performing teams and for innovative robot design.

Last Year’s Robo Climb 2018 Results

LEGO Only robots

1st place: Astrobaut – 147 points

2nd place: Jack Bolton – 15 points (an 8 year old was the only team member)

3rd place: Rolling Jellybean Devils for life – 0 points, but the lightest robot at 1.88 lb

Anything Goes robots

1st place: The Space Invaders – 415 points (laser cut plywood robot)

2nd place: Pi Bots – 355 points (mostly Lego, but with a Raspberry Pi controller on the robot and loader)

3rd place: MechaHawks – 230 points (VEX IQ robot, team built their robot just in the last few days)

Engineering Award

Iron Dragon Printing – a completely 3d printed robot (except electronics); used magnets as conductors across the two halves of the robot to reduce wiring issues, and a number of other innovations, including using a Fusion processor. Fastest climb time we’ve ever had!

Team Spirit Award

Pi Bots – not just for being enthusiastic, or wearing team shirts, but because they were engaging, helping, and a very young team (9-12 year olds)