Second Round of Space Elevator Technology Completed
February 16, 2006 2:23 AM
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Courtesy LiftPort Group
The LiftPort Group has a bold and interesting plan -- to build a massive space elevator before 2020
The LiftPort Group has completed a second round of
testing on a prototype space elevator platform
that stretches a mile into the sky, which allows a robots to climb and descend the ribbon that is between the two platforms. The LiftPort Space Elevator would allow a revolutionary way to get cargo and supplies into space -- using a cable thousands of miles long tethered to an object in geosyncronous orbit. The company hopes to build the space elevator by the year 2018, but the task will obviously not be easy. The observation and communication platform that robots climbed is properly dubbed HALE, High Altitude Long Endurance. HALE was secured in place by several high altitude balloons for over six hours.
The ribbon that will hopefully stretch 62,000 miles from Earth into space will be made of carbon nanotubes weighing less than 1.5 pounds per mile. Although initial testing was done in Arizona, the space elevator will likely be anchored to an offshore sea platform that will be located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
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Teh End is Nigh...
2/18/2006 12:34:37 PM
If this thing does work out... it'd be running circles around the Tower of Babylon!
I wonder what the Pope has to say about this.
*grumble* we've lost our fear of god these days... next thing you know, everyone will be speaking the same languge. (Oh wait, no... that'll take at least a couple more generations.)
Boy oh boy how I want to fast-forward a hundred years and have a glimpse around...
RE: The End is Nigh...
2/21/2006 12:08:27 PM
The goal of the people building the tower of Babylon was to be with God by building a tower to heaven. God shot that down real effectively (assuming you believe the Bible). What they are does not have the intention of finding God, so it I don't think the reference is valid.
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