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Teams had to successfully complete a run in order to qualify for the finals. Here, the University of Michigan team's platform nears the top of the tether.
One day before the finals, six teams had qualified for the finals including one from Germany, two from Canada and a high school team from the United States.
One team from Spain was unable to participate after their "climber" was lost during shipping according to reports from the competition.
The German Turbocrawler team's platform inches higher.
Cell repairThe Space Miners had to repair their voltaic cell array after four cells burned out during the qualifications.
For more information about the Space Elevator competition check out blogs from Space Elevator 2010.