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NASA says the basic concept of a space elevator is sound, and researchers around the world are optimistic that one can be built. The Obayashi Corp., a global construction firm based in Tokyo, has said it will build one by 2050, and China wants to build one as soon as 2045. Now an experiment to be conducted soon aboard the International Space Station will help determine the real-world feasibility of a space elevator. “The space elevator is the Holy Grail of space exploration,” says Michio Kaku, a professor of physics at City College of New York and a noted futurist. “Imagine pushing the ‘up’ button of an elevator and taking a ride into the heavens. It could open up space to the average person.”
originally posted by: notsure1
I am very envious of the people who are around 1000 years from now.
As long as we dont destroy ourselves or get destroyed it would be a great time to be alive.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
First there is this bit of good news:
phys.org, Sept. 11, 2018 - A Japanese company is about to test a tiny space elevator in space.
They are going to use cube sats to simulate a mini-space elevator to see if the idea works.
Then there is this bit of bad news:
Smithsonian.com - A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevator.
They state if one molecule in the carbon nanotube is off the strength of the fiber is halved. Unless we can build perfect CNTs this might just stay in the realm of sci-fi.
I like the idea and it may work better on a planet with no atmosphere. Or if they can make Carbyne in tandem with CNT but we are just starting to make these materials.
originally posted by: toysforadults
seems more like a PR stunt for funding than anything
"oh look we will do something cool by the time your great grand kids have great grand kids, also by 2900 the earth will be warmer"
Now who would do that?