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Japanese construction giant Obayashi believe that carbon nanotechnology is developing quickly enough that a space elevator may be a reality as early as 2050, and they plan to be the first to make one, according to ABC News Australia.
The Obayashi space elevator would essentially be a magnetic track, made of carbon nanotubes, that would lead to a space station approximately 96,000 kilometers (59,000 miles) above the equator, according to Obayashi research and development manager Yoji Ishikawa.
“The tensile strength [of carbon nanotubes] is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible.Right now we can’t make the cable long enough. We can only make 3-centimetre-long nanotubes but we need much more… we think by 2030 we’ll be able to do it.”
So, this is pretty exciting! Even though it's a long time from now-35yrs. By that time, things on Earth will be totally different judging by all of the technological developments in the pipeline. What does ATS think about this development? Good idea?
originally posted by: HomerinNC
I thnk its entirely doable. Once its in place, it would be an inexpensive way to move things into orbit. If they had a number of them positioned around the equator, there could be a manmade ring built, and launch spacecraft from there, elminating the need of ground based launching.
Well, until they learn how to clean up after themselves radioactivity wise, I think they would be better off keeping their feet on the ground.
There are 3d steel printers out there.
originally posted by: Glassbender777
I personally think that somekind of 3d printer could do the same job in about 5 years of nonstop work, It would be awesome to see a 3d steel printer, and Im sure its not too far in the future.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: lostbook
It is pretty cool but I thought they had already found a better replacement for carbon nanotubes. Anyway, a space elevator would truly make space exploration accessible because right now it requires far too much energy to put things into space.
BTW your last to threads have been a bit confusing because you are using the quote features backwards. You don't even need to quote your own words as the author of your own thread.
exnews is for quoting of site articles and print.
quote or the button that looks like this " is for quoting people in the thread. Of course it is your thread to do as you wish but I thought I should let you know.
The spinning of the Earth, in conjunction with our magnetic pole would create a gigantic dynamo. Boom, free energy