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Old 23.09.2008, 16:06
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Japanese to Build Space Elevator

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle4799369.ece

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Now the finest scientific minds of Japan are devoting themselves to cracking the greatest sci-fi vision of all: the space elevator. Man has so far conquered space by painfully and inefficiently blasting himself out of the atmosphere but the 21st century should bring a more leisurely ride to the final frontier....Up and down the 22,000 mile-long (36,000km) cables — or flat ribbons — will run the elevator carriages, themselves requiring huge breakthroughs in engineering to which the biggest Japanese companies and universities have turned their collective attention... Unlike the warp drives in Star Trek, or H.G. Wells's The Time Machine, the idea of the space elevator does not mess with the laws of science; it just presents a series of very, very complex engineering problems.
Japan is increasingly confident that its sprawling academic and industrial base can solve those issues, and has even put the astonishingly low price tag of a trillion yen (£5 billion) on building the elevator. Japan is renowned as a global leader in the precision engineering and high-quality material production without which the idea could never be possible.
OOO cool, space travel, I like that they say it can be done for the low price tag of 5 billion, nice and low that.

Also this,
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Equally, there is the issue of powering the carriages as they climb into space. “We are thinking of using the technology employed in our bullet trains,” Professor Aoki said. “Carbon nanotubes are good conductors of electricity, so we are thinking of having a second cable to provide power all along the route.”
a 30,000km high superconductive electricity cable...I can see a floor in this plan.
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Old 23.09.2008, 16:59
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Re: Japanese to Build Space Elevator

Not trying to break the rules of correcting people's English, but I think you meant:

Flaw

and not

Floor
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Re: Japanese to Build Space Elevator



It's a cool concept, but I'm not sure if it'll get off the ground

But an intersting read anyhow. I can however think of many other things to spend $5 trillion on.

If this does become reality then this will be a serious no-fly zone for planes I guess.
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Not trying to break the rules of correcting people's English, but I think you meant:

Flaw

and not

Floor
Call it a joke, loosely based on lifts and floors and ceilings.


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If this does become reality then this will be a serious no-fly zone for planes I guess.
Also the biggest terrorist target ever.
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Re: Japanese to Build Space Elevator

Why not use a geostationary object like the International Space Station as a pulley, and then connect that to a winching station down here on earth.... et voila, Space Cable Gondolas.

Oh my God, I think I'm on to something
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Old 23.09.2008, 17:15
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Why not use a geostationary object like the International Space Station as a pulley, and then connect that to a winching station down here on earth.... et voila, Space Cable Gondolas.

Oh my God, I think I'm on to something
You might want to choose a different tether, otherwise the passengers could get a bit dizzy....

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[It] has an altitude of about 350 km (217 mi) above the surface of the Earth, and travels at an average speed of 27,700 km (17,210 statute miles) per hour, completing 15.77 orbits per day.
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Why not use a geostationary object like the International Space Station as a pulley, and then connect that to a winching station down here on earth.... et voila, Space Cable Gondolas.

Oh my God, I think I'm on to something
Come on a huge winch?...lets get practical, who the hell are you going to employ to haul that rope..and what songs do you expect them to sing?
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