“Technically unnecessary if we build a space elevator.”
Does this statement invalidate anything mentioned in regard to getting things out of Earth’s gravity well? Do you see the nations of the world putting aside their differences, laying down their weapons of mass destruction, reducing their racial, cultural and religious animosity to embrace the kind of solidarity necessary for the greatest infrastructure project in the history of the world?
The technological requirements for the creation of a space elevator have been considered for more than one hundred years and yet no serious, effective efforts by any country have ever be postulated due to material and design limitations. It would be an engineering feat that would make building the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids at Giza, as well as every other infrastructure project ever undertaken by humanity look like Lego constructions made in a weekend.
Yes, a space elevator would resolve the primary problem of getting materials into space in an affordable manner, but the building of the technology has proven to be as elusive as a technology allowing us to move faster than light. Except a space elevator should be within our capacity to create, if we weren’t considering nuclear weapons to be the primary tool for peacekeeping on Earth.
- The Science of Space Elevators (Wikipedia)
- The Space Elevator: Concepts (NASA — SSERVI)
- How Space Elevators Will Work (How Stuff Works)
- 60,000 miles up: Space Elevator — Study says one could be built by 2035 (Extreme Tech)
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