Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Space Elevator... the future is closer than it appears!

The Space Elevator will connect the Earth and the space in an amazing way that was never possible before!
Making it the ultimate environmental green technology. In the close future the space elevator will enable people to travel around the planet by taking up a local space elevator, then in a spaceship fly to the other side of the Earth, at a very low cost and no emissions, and then take another space elevator down.
A space elevator for Earth would consist of a cable anchored to the Earth's surface, reaching into space. By attaching a counterweight at the end (or by further extending the cable for the same purpose), inertia ensures that the cable remains stretched taut, countering the gravitational pull on the lower sections, thus allowing the elevator to remain in geostationary orbit. Once beyond the gravitational midpoint, carriages would be accelerated further by the planet's rotation (Wikipedia 2009).

So, could you imagine to travel into the space from one side to the other of the world in a very short time... are you ready for it? Watch the video without believing your eyes and your ears! Shockingly AMAZING!


  1. Cool! Great way to travel! At a step closer to traveling around the world fast. Still waiting for teleportation though.

    Wouldn't the weather/climate affect the elevator? What about earthquakes?

    Plus building the thing deep into the Earth, wouldn't that affect the tectonic plates and such?

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  3. Hey there Mo!

    I was checking this out a while back and found that the force at the bottom of the cable (The part attached to the earth) would only have a few tonnes of pull on it, so its very light on the earth.

    Apparently the first ones planed will be attached to ocean rigs (looks like an oil rig) so they can move around to avoid items in orbit, which would avoid earthquakes. The cable has enough tension where wind/weather doesn't effect it at all. (In theory)

    One can imagine a future where the earth is covered in these things and people can travel to the other side of the planet in just a few hours, or pop over to the moon for brunch! I hope they serve bacon and eggs. (Free range moon chickens?)

  4. Very futuristic... I cannot imagine this will be possible... The costs to build this up are too high, compared to the profit, no? And, seriously, is our technology already that far? Well, anyway, I would love to test this out in my life... :-)