posted on Aug, 10 2010 @ 11:01 AM
I dont know if it would be possible;
For an object to stay in orbit around the Earth, the velocity of the object has to travel at a speed where gravity doesnt pull it down,
The object has to travel fast enough to where it falls around the earth;
Think of a satellite traveling really fast in an octagon shape around the earth,
it goes in a straight line before gravity pulls it down, by the time gravity pulls it down it is already over the horizon of earths curvature,
only to be pulled down by gravity again, and this happens over and over in a circular shape,
If this tether that is holding the elevator in place is anchored to the earth,
Then how is the entire length of the tether going to achieve orbital velocity?
Unless maybe it was pointed horizontally off into the horizon and then off into space,
Like maybe if 50% of the the structure is underground, like a bullet train tunnel and then elongates off into the horizon and into outerspace
But I imagine the base of the structure would be traveling at a faster velocity than the top of the structure,
So when the Earth spins, it MIGHT fall over,
Like when you pull a rug out from under someone's feet
I guess the main question here is can the structure achieve orbital velocity even when tethered to earth?
If you look at satellites and the space station and the space shuttle they travel thousands of times faster than earths rotation, just to stay in
They could also install Rocket engines to the top of the structure to keep it traveling at the proper speed;
That is even if my theory is correct; I could be wrong...
Maybe it could just be like a simple giant skyscraper...
It would probably be like the size of Mount Everest or something...
A huge metallic Mount Everest in the middle of the desert....
This gigantic structure could even double as a global antenna for super high-speed wireless internet
[edit on 10-8-2010 by SupremeKnowledge]