Friday, February 24, 2012

Japanese Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese construction company Obayashi Corp has announced it will have built a space elevator capable of taking passengers to an altitude over 20,000 miles above the Earth and they plan to have it constructed by 2050.

According to the The Daily Yomiuri,  the herculean structure, built of carbon nano-tubes, would be 60,000 miles high attached to a counter weight to keep the structure from falling to the Earth under its own weight.

the The Daily Yomiuri 


Blizno said...

I want to live long enough to see it in operation.
What a boon it will be for spaceflight!

Huge spacecraft can be carried to orbit in pieces and assembled in space. Fuel can be carried up in hundreds of loads.

kallamis said...

By 2050 I will be 86 y ears old. They had better not be ageist, because I plan on being here, going there, and going up. And I honestly wouldn't be a bit surprised if they actually do attempt this. It would be one of the greatest boosts to get things back to space again than we have had since the days of the Apollo missions. stronger. With that, supplying a station would be a simple matter. And the best thing of all, you wouldn't have to sit people on top of what is essentially a big fracking bomb to get them up there. Ships could stay in orbit, and simply refuel when they were needed by way of the supply elevator. It's a great dream, wish it would truly happen.

Beam Me Up said...

You and me both Blizno! This would be a wonderful structure. Not only could it deliver items to low earth but geo-sync or higher. It certainly would be a boon for anything spaced base. I wonder how much this idea is based on cleaning up orbital garbage?

Beam Me Up said...

Lallamis you can count me in on that trip! Though at 94 it makes me wonder how much lea they will give us. We can hope that 60 will be the new 30 by then....hummmm? lol