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We say that we’re at R&D phase II, as the equipment that we’ve built is more of a pilot plant than an actual piece of lab-equipment. If we work 24/7 we’re able to produce 50 gram/day. But we only run the equipment approx 6-8 hours a day as our primary goal is to investigate the parameters to look closer at production rate and quality. Our plan is to have a process-book available very soon. We want to move from 20KW to 100KW which would enable us to produce several kilograms daily. For mass-production and industrial applications yet more time is needed and it is plausible that we will arrive there around 2008, Bruno says and adds:
– However we’ve already started pre-commercial production and we’re selling small quantities already
Originally posted by AlphaMail
How are you going to guard a space elevator tether against terrorism? All 62,000 miles of it? And what happens if something catastrophic happens and all 62,000 miles of it come crashing down to Earth?
Originally posted by Sigma
Nanotubes are very resilient to temperature fluctuations, which is why they have been considered for laser weapondry protection. Inaddition it is well known that nanotubes have the worlds highest torsion/tension/compression/expansion factors. I don't think it will be a problem in a future space elevator.
[edit on 12-6-2005 by Sigma]