posted on May, 21 2008 @ 06:27 AM
There are some very real concerns with having a space elevator, no doubt. I'm not sure anyone outside of paid astronauts/space workers would want to
ride it. I think most people look at it like some sort of amusement park bungee ride into the sky, not knowing the physics that go into it.
Additionally, there are the outside chances, but real risks, that orbiting debris or material entering the atmosphere would interrupt the function of
the lifting cars or the ribbon.
This appears to be too much of a technological feat and too much expenditure to make this cost effective across the lifespan of the project. Sure, the
actual payloads are cheap, but the cost and effort involved in preparing and maintaining such a service are ungodly.
All this being said, the concept is so attractive and tempting, just like the fabrication of wax wings, that people are going to be compelled to try
when there is a need. The science seems solid (although, I've been waiting for an all electric car with a battery that will take me 600 miles on a
single charge...I know it exists, but haven't seen THAT yet...) and as long as I'm not going up the ribbon into space, I'm happy to watch
Personally, I'm waiting for full government disclosure which will include anti-gravity. I want my SUV to take me straight up to the moon so I can
enjoy my weekend house on the Sea of Tranquility. Four cup-holders with vacuum covers to handle those messy zero-G spills and a 500 hp rare-earth
magnet drive to maintain anti-gravitational propulsion for the family. By Ford.