Space Elevators no longer just Science Fiction

Posted by Alex (26th Apr 2005, 17:36) -

An American company is making a bid to construct a working space elevator, using carbon nanotubes. They're looking at a 15 year time schedule, to complete in 2018.

Article courtesy of the Seattle PI, originally found on LiveJournal.

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 gaspode ( 26th Apr 2005, 18:28, Rank: Killer Rabbit )  reply

I disbelieve the illusion!

Damn that's some good crack they're smoking there. Good luck to them, but if it falls on me I'm suing...

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 karne ( 3rd May 2005, 10:54, Rank: GSV )  reply

Afaik, no one knows how to make bucky tubes much longer than a few cms. They also don't know how to cross-link them, join them or make concentric tubes with more than a few layers. A space elevator is impossible until someone works this out.

A 6 person $100,000 plant wants to do this? They're either smoking really good weed or selling snake oil...

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