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Originally posted by severdsoul
My only question is... WHY!
even if it could be done, why the heck would the money be wasted to build it.
woo hoo so a few rich people get to see the moon up close and personal.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by jra
Yeah. The article sort of implied and Earth/Moon tether but that's not really what Liftport is on about.
It looks like Liftport wants their tether to pass through the L1 point (which would serve as the docking station) with the counterweight (sort of an anchor) set much farther out. That is one loonnnnnnng tether!
Originally posted by Wertdagf
reply to post by TheProphetMark
I still think this is a horrible idea....
For some reason i see a giant thread dangling away from the earth as an electrical hazard.
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
reply to post by nataylor
Thank you for that. That makes much more sense than what the article in the OP was suggesting (a space station connected to both Earth and the Moon).
While this arrangement of a space station tethered to the moon from the L1 Lagrange point would save the fuel required for a soft Moon landing, it would still require a launch vehicle to get cargo/people to the Lagrange point. I suppose this could work in tandem with an earth-to-orbit space elevator, but again, I can't see any of this becoming a reality in only eight years time.