To: frithguild; tricky_k_1972
Actually a composite weaved fiber consisting of Buckytube fibers mixed with carbon fibers show the most promise for so called "space elevator" materials.
Actually Rice University and some other researchers are showing promise in mass production of Bucktube fibers. Of course further breakthroughs will be necessary to increase the production volume and reduce the costs to where it becomes practical to build even moderately sized test fibers.
The good news is that there are plenty of other market applications for this kind of material and this will only help drive down the costs to where it needs to be to build a "space elevator."
I'm not worried about the material development, but I am concerned about the practicality of actually building and operating a "space elevator."
posted on 11/16/2005 2:34:43 PM PST
Carbon nanotubes= Buckytube fibers.
posted on 11/16/2005 2:58:55 PM PST
(Putting on Tinfoil hat and heading for the bomb shelter.)
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