Rulebook

The challenge is to design and build a climber structure in compliance with predetermined requirements, keeping in mind the idea of a real space elevator.

General Information

Some of the information on this page will still be subject to change. The detailed rules and regulations handbook can be found and downloaded below.

Rope/tether

  • Rope properties:
  • Tether properties:

Important dates

  1. Team registration in the Beginners‘ and Advanced Level until April 30th 2020
    Due to COVID-19, the deadline for applications extended. Stay in contact for further information.
  2. Rough climber concept until June 30th 2020
  3. Video of the working climber until August 31st 2020
  4. Competition week from September 14th to 17th 2020

Levels

The Beginners Level is aimed at high school teams and first time participants with limited experience in the design of technical systems.

The Advanced Level is aimed at university teams with advanced knowledge in CAD and electronics design.

Challenge Scoring

Each team will be scored after the following concept:

  • Introduction Video (15pt)
  • Presentation and Poster (15pt)
    • Presentation (12pt)
    • Poster (3pt)
  • Competition (70pt)
    • The drive (50pt)
    • Design of the climber (10pt)
    • Groundstation (10pt)

Total: 100pt

The score for each valid climb is calculated by a scoring formula based on the difficulty level.

Beginners‘ Level

The participation includes:

  1. The design of a poster and a short presentation about the team and the climber.
  2. The drive of the climber.

Drive

  • The climber has to drive up 20 m vertically on a round rope or flat tether.
  • The climber has to operate fully autonomously during the drive.
  • The climber has to be mounted on and dismounted from the rope/tether without disassembly of the latter.
  • The climber does not have to carry a payload.

Climber dimensions and structure

  • The dimensions of the climber must not exceed 0.5 m x 0.5 m x 1 m (length, width, height).
  • The climber must not weigh more than 10 kg.
  • The climber structure can be made from any material, including LEGO® or fischertechnik®, but also steel, aluminium or carbon fiber.

Safety

  • The climber has to fulfill basic safety requirements for protection of operators.
  • The climber will be deemed safe or unsafe to drive by EUSPEC technical staff.

Scoring

  • The score is determined using speed and weight of the climber. Please find the scoring formula in the Beginners‘ Level Rulebook that you can download below.

Prizes

  • There will be prizes for the best three teams and special awards awarded by a jury.

Advanced Level

The participation includes:

  1. The design of a poster and a short presentation about the team and the climber.
  2. The drive of the climber.

Drive

  • The climber has to drive up and down 100 m vertically on a round rope or flat tether.
  • The climber has to operate fully autonomously during the drive.
  • The climber has to be mounted on and dismounted from the rope/tether without disassembly of the latter.

Climber dimensions and structure

  • The dimensions of the climber (including payload) must not exceed 1 m x 1 m x 2 m (length, width, height).
  • The climber (including payload) must not weigh more than 20 kg.
  • The climber structure should be made from proper engineering materials.

Payload

  • Standardized payload cubes (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) are provided by the organizers of the European Space Elevator Challenge.
  • Each payload weighs approximately 1.1 kg.
  • The payload must not be required for the functional capability of the climber.

A technical drawing is available at the downloads section below.

Safety

  • The climber has to fulfill certain safety requirements like engineering standards and design specifications to prevent water ingress and for protection of operators.
  • The payload cubes have to be attached safely to the climber structure.
  • The climber will be deemed safe or unsafe to drive by EUSPEC technical staff.

Scoring

  • Please find the scoring formula in the Advanced Level Rulebook that you can download below.

Prizes

  • There will be prizes for the best three teams and special awards awarded by a jury.