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Under the plan, the company will build an orbital station at an altitude of 36,000 km, a final destination for space travelers and housing experimental and development facilities utilizing the space environment.
A six-car elevator, expected to travel at a speed of 200 km per hour, will be capable of loading 30 people and will take about 7.5 days to arrive at the orbital station.
The company at present cannot calculate how much money would be needed to construct the space elevator and there would be some hurdles such as where to build it, said Satomi Katsuyama, leader of the company's space elevator project.
Originally posted by elevatedone
reply to post by boncho
Excellent question. I wonder what they'll do.
Originally posted by Maponos
reply to post by nineix
Or they could locate it at one of the poles
Or perhaps the company is looking for some PR
Obayashi is just days away from completing work on Japan's tallest structure, the Tokyo Sky Tree, which will stand 2,080 feet tall.
The tower will serve as a digital broadcasting antenna as well as a sightseeing attraction that allows uninterrupted views of the Japanese capital and beyond.
"We were inspired by construction of Sky Tree," which will open for business in May, she said. "Our experts on construction, climate, wind patterns, design, they say it's possible."