Contest #185 answer: Superconducting Super Collider, Waxahachie, Texas

It was supposed to compete with (and outclass) the Large Hadron Collider (see Contest #114) and it is located a few miles west of Waxahachie, Texas.

This is the main control building of the Superconducting Super Collider (a.k.a the Desertron)

It was designed to operate at 20TeV per beam (The LHC at CERN is 14TeV) and the ring should be 87,1 km long (LHC is 27 km).

Construction began in 1991 but the project was cancelled in 1993 after the total estimated project costs had risen from $ 4.4 billion to over $ 12 billion.

Those who successfully collided the beams:

  • steve willis
  • Falco


  • LawnBoy
  • Paul Franson
  • Sasha Smith
  • zumsen
  • hhgygy
  • Pascal Gilbraith
  • José Miguel Diaz
  • Thomas Egan
  • Skip

Kudos for steve and Falco for finding it without the hint. It was not easy this week.