A National Aeronautics Space
Administration competition will draw a number of international
scientists to the New Mexico desert for them to unveil a
number of different revolutionary projects. The overall goal of the NASA contest
is to build some form of a space elevator that would hopefully one day replace expensive rocket missions. Even though the idea of a
space elevator constructed out of a long enough cable to lift men and
goods into orbit seems a bit outlandish, the entrepreneurs
realistically believe it can be done.
University researchers, several
corporations and scientists from several countries will test their
devices to at the competition next month. Over $400,000 in cash
prizes will be made available to the winners to the contests.
The LiftPort Group is one company that
has openly stated its intentions of constructing a space elevator .
LiftPort announced last month that it has completed a second round of testing on a prototype space elevator platform that stretches over a
mile into the sky. The space elevator it hopes to construct would
span over 100,000 kilometers. The company will be represented at the
NASA challenge next month.
Even though a proper space base hasn't
been constructed on Mars, some experts are hypothesizing about the
ability of building a space elevator on the red planet. The 24
½-hour days and proper atmosphere makes it an ideal location
for a space elevator. Many scientists cited by the group agree that interested parties
should first build some sort of elevator off Earth before even
quote: How would you build it and provide oxygen for guys in the atmosphere?
quote: This sounds like it won't be realistic at all. The elevator would have to be built on mount everest if they really wanted to save resources.
quote: And just the idea is...stupid.
quote: pot calling the kettle black
quote: Please don't misuse metaphors. If you aren't 100% sure how to use a metaphor, don't use it!
quote: It just advertises that you aren't a native english speaker, which doesn't help your argument!