posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 12:02 AM
Originally posted by surfup
Basically we are building a single long, actually very long pipe between Earth and Moon?
wow...that is crazy.
I say the guy has been watching too many Sci Fi movies.
- do you know anything on space elevators?
Its a strong ribbon (cable), not a pipe.
and and its not talking about conecting the earth and the moon (Which by the way is impossible). Space elevators have long being a dream but in our
lifetime they will
be built, get your head outta your ass and you will see that its not just some Sci-Fi movies or even a far fetched dream but
very real, if it was fake then why did a url=http://liftport.com/progress/index.php?blog=9&title=lifter_success]MIT group[/url] build a scale model
one? If it was fake why did nasa gine this group of people $75,000? If it was fake why is their countless books and sites explaning in great detail
on how it can be done? If it was fake then why last year did nasa set aside $500,000 on the earth to space version?
Several millions of dollar are going to the space elevator concept, in developing how it will work to creating carbon-nanotubes in the lab and studing
ways to mass produce the incredibly strong cable.
Although it would take nearly a decade to build everything, at a cost of 6-10 billion it would take long for it to pay for itself and start making
loads of cash. It would cost around 100-500 dollars per pound to go into orbit, which may sound like alot but its not when you compare it to todays
rockets which cost 10,000-20,000 dollars per pound. And its safe for the environment, because it would only need electricity which could be beamed up
to it by a laser beam underneath it on the ground and it would collect the beams power from solar cells underneath the elevator, or it could also be
powered by a future fuel cell.
How does it climb? by tracks with wheels that are on both sides of the ribbon and the more gravity and force there is the ingenious system would be
setup so that the wheels push harder together so they would slip, then when it get pretty high and theres not as much gravity it would use less power
because it doesn't need as tight of a grip on the cable.
Do you now understand how it all works. But of course what I explained was for an earth one, the moon one would be far easier to build and could be
done by 2020, which could really help us in colonizing it and help to send people and things to Mars.
[edit on 19-11-2004 by Murcielago]