Greetings Space Elevator Enthusiasts! This is the blog for the MIT-Nanocomp DeltaX team in pursuit of the NASA Centennial Challenges Strong Tether Challenge. As presented at the Spaceward Games this year, we are developing tethers made of nearly 100% single-walled carbon nanotubes. Our knot slipped at the competition this year and so the true strength of the material was never tested, but we did demonstrate the first two-gram, two-meter nanotube tether ever developed. We are in the process of assembling our next test tether, which will be significantly stronger and not have knot problems.
This blog will serve as a place for the public to keep up-to-date on as much as we can keep you up-to-date on, to comment on our project, and to ask questions.
Feel free to comment as much as you’d like, but keep it pithy, not snarky.
So fire away!
-Stevie (Team Captain)