posted on Jun, 3 2006 @ 12:12 PM
In order to make a Space Elevator a reality we are going to need to first get the top of the Elevator into space. I envision the top of the space
elevator looking like a huge doughnut with 8 octagonal space tethers floating from it. These tethers could supply the needed power and thrust to the
What is holding us back from creating a Space Elevator today.
1. The amount of money a project like this would cost.
2. Lack of materials strong enough to produce a cable 230 miles long.
Both of these limitations could be solved with a little ingenuity and a lot of money.
Lifting and setting in place a 230 mile cable is the main hurdle in this mission.
I propose that with enough cash we could lift this cable with a variety of inventions working together. For the first several miles we would support
the cable with several balloons, after that we would try to support it with Solar Kites from 20 miles up to 100.
And then at around 200 miles up we would have a giant doughnut shaped object with 8 or so space tethers coming off of it like tentacles. Once we have
all 3 systems in space, balloons, kites, and tethers then we would worry about unrolling the 230 miles of "nano rope." We could rocket the rope to
the highest level and then have some mechanism attached to the rope that will help lower it to the other levels.
If you do not believe that these systems could help to put into space the space elevator please offer another solution other than waiting for
technology to improve.
Or if there is a problem with my current setup please help me find a solution to correct it.
The more we talk about the space elevator the sooner it will become a reality.