Friday, January 23, 2009

Beanstalk

Space elevator may be possible thanks to revolutionary new material





The idea of a space elevator to allow for quick and easy transport to a space base is not new, but we may be getting closer to it becoming a practical reality. That's because a new form of carbon ribbon that's ultra-flexible and super-strong could be just what is needed to construct the first working model.


It seems likely to me that the material needed to build a working space elevator could be developed within a few decades. If so, will we aggressively pursue the concept?

1 comment:

wirehead said...

I like the concept of a space elevator. The recent influx of space elevator propaganda has done much to convince me it might be possible.

But I think "the street will find it's own use for things" as the cliche goes.