posted on Aug, 13 2005 @ 07:54 AM
The whole idea is pointless from the start. A cable has two end points. Suppose one is on a space station 400 km high or so, that one is moving at
several kilometers per second to keep into orbit. Your endpoint near earth needs to be moving at about the same high speed in order to preserve the
cables length. So you'd still need a superfast plane or something to catch up with the cable, which makes it utterly pointless. Not even considering
the friction of such a fast moving cable with the atmosphere.
Friction during reentry is further NOT caused by the rotation of the Earth's atmosphere but by the motion of the space craft relative to the air
molecules of the earth's atmosphere. If the earth's rotation were really such a factor, which it is NOT, people would prefer to use polar orbits and
reentry at the poles.
By the way, the material that can reach the highest altitude before snapping under its own weight is to my knowledge Dyneema, which can if my memory
serves me correctly reach 200 km high before breaking. Really neat stuff I have to say.