Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby deja vu on Sun Oct 05, 2008 12:45 pm

A new space race is officially under way, and this one should have the sci-fi geeks salivating.

The project is a "space elevator," and some experts now believe that the concept is well within the
bounds of possibility -- maybe even within our lifetimes.

A conference discussing developments in space elevator concepts is being held in Japan in November,
and hundreds of engineers and scientists from Asia, Europe and the Americas are working to design the
only lift that will take you directly to the one hundred-thousandth floor.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/10/02/space.elevator/index.html

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For that long of a ride they should improve the musical choice one usually hears when in an elevator. Its about
20 million for a ride in a shuttle to the Space Station. I wonder what the price tag for this would be?
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby fishandchips on Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:14 pm

Where would the elevator maintenance crew have an outpost should the elevator get stuck in the tube? Are there provisions for space debris (vacuum is nasty for mortal humans-check any Babylon 5 episode where the Security Chief and others offer to "space" someone)? Shifts in orbits of the Earth and the Moon that could pull each end of the elevator out? Protection against solar eclipses?
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby deja vu on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:03 pm

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Rocketing into space? Some think an elevator might be the way to go.

That's the future goal of this week's $2 million Space Elevator Games in the Mojave Desert. In a major test of the concept, robotic machines powered by laser beams will try to climb a cable suspended from a helicopter hovering more than a half-mile (one kilometre) high. Three teams have qualified to participate in the event on the dry lakebed near NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards. Attempts were expected from early Wednesday through Thursday.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0911 ... elevator_1


A dream that has a long way to go before it might become a reality.
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby burnt fare on Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:20 pm

They're must figure out how elevator repair will happen in space, how the repair team will get to the site, etc. Bonus if there is no jettisoning of garbage or ruined parts in space. Pick up what you drop or put GPS unit on everything. Well, GPS has not worked for the rubber ducks in the ocean yet.
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:20 pm

Seattle team wins $900,000 in NASA-backed 'space elevator' competition in Mojave Desert
Sat Nov 7, 2:24 PM
By John Antczak, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A Seattle team has collected a $900,000 (C600,000) prize in a NASA-backed competition to develop the concept of an elevator to space - an idea spurred by science fiction novels.

The team's robotic machine raced up more than 2,950 feet (900 metres) of cable dangling from a helicopter.

Powered by a ground-based laser pointed up at the robot's photo voltaic cells that converted the light into electricity, the LaserMotive machine completed one of its climbs in about three minutes and 48 seconds.

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The prize came from NASA, which presumably is funded by US taxpayers. Wouldn't it make more sense to have used the money now for people needing help here, rather than worry about a fixed structure space link from Earth? I mean, the elevator teams are somehow going to figure out how to overcome the physics of rotating planets, solar winds, space junk or asteroids to get a fixed link up into the ISS. Bet that is one ride pass that is going to require clearances.

The teams would be better off figuring out how to time travel, therefore no fixed structure between ISS and Earth would be necessary except for teleportation pads.
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby pysanky on Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:57 pm

Where do I find information to win money for such thoughts? Benchmarks?
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Re: Space elevator would take humans into orbit

Postby rocks on Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:16 am

For 100 years, futurists have dreamed about a device that could take people and goods into space without the use of expensive rockets or spaceships.

The key component of such a space elevator would be an ultra-strong, 36,000-kilometre cable. One end would be anchored to the Earth and the other attached to a counterweight in orbit. A machine carrying goods or people could climb the cable in order to deliver goods into space, says CBC science columnist Torah Kachur.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/diamo ... -1.2803393

And you all thought the subject was a dead issue. IT"S BACK and is this one another pipe dream or one step closer to reality and a tester model?

One thing though, both ends tethered, BUT what will keep it from moving around between point A and B???? :?
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