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  • ...a method to connect the Earth and the moon with a cable

    09/17/2019 8:26:32 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 124 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 17 Sept 2019 | Ruqayyah Moynihan
    Scientists have proposed a method to connect the Earth and the moon with a cable that will allow us to travel between them, but the European Space Agency isn't convinced Two astronomers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Columbia have proposed a plan for a kind of elevator between the moon and the Earth. Have you ever thought about what it would be like if we could just hop in an elevator, press a button, and head up to the moon? According to the scientists' calculations, it would be possible to construct such a structure using existing...
  • Japanese Space-Elevator Experiment Launching to Space Station Next Week (Really!)

    09/10/2018 11:11:18 AM PDT · by ETL · 57 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 7, 2018 | Scott Snowden, Space.com Contributor
    The push for a space elevator took a step forward this week when a team of researchers from Shizuoka University in Japan announced that they will launch an experiment to the International Space Station next week. In the experiment, which will be the first of its kind in space, two ultrasmall cubic satellites, or "cubesats," will be released into space from the station. They will be connected by a steel cable, where a small container — acting like an elevator car — will move along the cable using its own motor. A camera attached to the satellites will record the...
  • Is This the Right Way to Return to the Moon?

    09/21/2005 4:48:46 PM PDT · by Spiff · 16 replies · 492+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 9/21/2005 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    Is This the Right Way to Return to the Moon? By Glenn Harlan Reynolds Published 09/21/2005 President George W. Bush has called for Americans to return to the moon by 2020. Now NASA has come out with a more detailed presentation, reported in Space.com, of what they have in mind: NASA briefed senior White House officials Wednesday on its plan to spend $100 billion and the next 12 years building the spacecraft and rockets it needs to put humans back on the Moon by 2018. The U.S. space agency now expects to roll out its lunar exploration plan to key...
  • Proposal: Removing Earth's Radiation Belts [space tethers, space elevator]

    09/16/2002 1:10:49 PM PDT · by RightWhale · 26 replies · 416+ views
    space.com ^ | 16 Sep 02 | leonard David
    Proposal: Removing Earth's Radiation Belts By Leonard David posted: 07:00 am ET 16 September 2002 Here's a cinch of an idea: How about a little Van Allen Belt tightening? By using highly charged orbiting space tethers, the Earth's cocoon of menacing and deadly radiation belts might be easily and largely aced out. For one, satellites in the future could live longer not having to fend off the frenzy of energetic particles. Moreover, human-carrying spacecraft would be far safer zooming about in Earth orbit or speeding outward to distant destinations. The novel concept is called the High Voltage Orbiting Long...
  • Tether Technology: A New Spin on Space Propulsion [space elevator]

    06/18/2003 9:10:00 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 17 replies · 221+ views
    space.com ^ | 18 Jun 03 | Leonard David
    Tether Technology: A New Spin on Space Propulsion By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 07:00 am ET 18 June 2003 In the near future, revolutionary space hardware could put an exciting spin on spaceflight. NASA is putting money into Momentum-eXchange/Electrodynamic Reboost tether technology -- MXER for short -- an innovative concept that if implemented would station miles and miles of cart-wheeling cable in orbit around the Earth. Then, rotating like a giant sling, the cable would swoop down and pick up spacecraft in low orbits, then hurl them to higher orbits or even lob them onward to other...
  • Not Science Fiction: An Elevator to Space

    09/23/2003 7:41:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 25 replies · 436+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 23, 2003 | KENNETH CHANG
    ANTA FE, N.M. — With advances toward ultrastrong fibers, the concept of building an elevator 60,000 miles high to carry cargo into space is moving from the realm of science fiction to the fringes of reality. This month, the Los Alamos National Laboratory was a sponsor of a conference to ponder the concept. Yet, the keynote address was by a titan of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, speaking via satellite from his home in Sri Lanka. "I'm happy that people are taking it more and more seriously," said Mr. Clarke, whose novel "The Fountains of Paradise" (1978) revolved around such...
  • Space elevator contest proposed

    08/27/2004 6:26:48 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 24 replies · 680+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | 08/27/04 | Alan Boyle
    Enthusiasts on Friday unveiled an effort to establish an annual competition for space-elevator technologies, taking a page from the playbook for other high-tech contests such as the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
  • The Space Elevator Comes Closer to Reality

    03/27/2002 9:32:03 AM PST · by RightWhale · 103 replies · 660+ views
    space.com ^ | 27 Mar 02 | Leonard David
    The Space Elevator Comes Closer to Reality By Leonard David Senior Space Writer posted: 07:00 am ET 27 March 2002 ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- Make way for the ultimate high-rise project: the space elevator. Long viewed as science fiction "imagineering", researchers are gathering momentum in their pursuit to propel this uplifting concept into actuality. Still, the mental picture needed to grasp the elevator to space idea…well, you can't be weak of mind. Forget the roar of rocketry and those bone jarring liftoffs, the elevator would be a smooth 62,000-mile (100,000-kilometer) ride up a long cable. Payloads can shimmy up...
  • Ribbon to the Stars

    10/14/2002 7:47:18 PM PDT · by pistola · 4 replies · 298+ views
    Science News ^ | 10-05-02 | Ron Cowen
    Ribbon to the Stars Pushing the space elevator closer to reality Ron Cowen If the laws of celestial mechanics make it possible for an object to stay fixed in the sky, might it not be possible to lower a cable down to the surface and so establish an elevator system linking earth to space? —Arthur C. Clarke, 1978, The Fountains of Paradise. After a cruise through tropical waters, you arrive at a large, anchored platform in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The sea is calm, the sky a picture-postcard blue. But you've come in search of an experience even...
  • Scientist Sees Space Elevator in 15 Years

    06/25/2004 2:21:35 PM PDT · by Junior · 286 replies · 529+ views
    Science - AP ^ | 2004-06-25 | CARL HARTMAN
    WASHINGTON - President Bush (news - web sites) wants to return to the moon and put a man on Mars. But scientist Bradley C. Edwards has an idea that's really out of this world: an elevator that climbs 62,000 miles into space. Edwards thinks an initial version could be operating in 15 years, a year earlier than Bush's 2020 timetable for a return to the moon. He pegs the cost at $10 billion, a pittance compared with other space endeavors. "It's not new physics — nothing new has to be discovered, nothing new has to be invented from scratch," he...
  • Cable Car to Space

    02/15/2006 7:54:40 PM PST · by FARS · 75 replies · 1,109+ views
    A slim cable for a space elevator has been built stretching a mile into the sky, enabling robots to scrabble some way up and down the line. LiftPort Group, a private US company on a quest to build a space elevator by April 2018, stretched the strong carbon ribbon 1 mile (1.6 km) into the sky from the Arizona desert outside Phoenix in January tests, it announced on Monday. The company's lofty objective will sound familiar to followers of NASA's Centennial Challenges programme. The desired outcome is a 62,000-mile (99,779 km) tether that robotic lifters – powered by laser beams...
  • Elevator Into Space

    02/21/2005 4:38:48 AM PST · by nuke rocketeer · 67 replies · 2,574+ views
    Bradley C. Edwards, president and founder of Carbon Designs Inc., is the driving force behind the space elevator, a purportedly safer and cheaper form of transporting explorers and payloads into space. Although the idea has appeared in both technical and fictional literature for decades, the drive to bring it to reality belongs to Edwards. A cable extending from the Earth’s surface to outer space is kept under tension by the competing forces of gravity on Earth and the outward rotational acceleration of the planet in space. Once the cable is aloft, the elevator will be ascended by mechanical means.
  • LiftPort Group to Open Its First Carbon Nanotube Manufacturing Facility

    04/26/2005 10:44:57 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies · 686+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 04/25/05
    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 25, 2005--LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, today announced plans for a carbon nanotube manufacturing plant, the company's first formal facility for production of the material on a commercial scale. Called LiftPort Nanotech, the new facility will also serve as the regional headquarters for the company, and represents the fruition of the company's three years of research and development efforts into carbon nanotubes, including partnering work with a variety of leading research institutions in the business and academic communities. Set to open in June of this year, LiftPort Nanotech will be located in Millville, New Jersey, a community...
  • Sponsor gets on space elevator

    09/01/2005 7:31:44 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 399+ views
    The $400,000 NASA- Centennial Challenge-backed space elevator competition Elevator 2010, organised by the Spaceward Foundation, has gained a sponsor and nine teams are expected to compete for this year’s climber and tether events, writes Rob Coppinger. Supported with the NASA money and its new sponsor, Californian mechanical design company Gizmonics, the Spaceward Foundation’s two competitions will begin three weeks later than expected on 21 October, because it needs more time to organise the infrastructure to test the technologies (Flight International, 5-12 April). The elevator would operate using a payload carrying vehicle, called a climber, that moves slowly up a 36,000km...
  • Stairway to heaven

    09/25/2005 3:32:50 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 50 replies · 1,795+ views
    Space may still be the final frontier, but getting there could soon be almost as simple as stepping into the office lift at the start of the day. The ‘space elevator’ Click to enlarge The race is on to build the first "space elevator' - long dismissed as science fiction - to carry people and materials into orbit along a cable thousands of miles long. In a significant step, American aviation regulators have just given permission for the opening trials of a prototype, while a competition to be launched next month follows in the wake of the $10 million (£5.6...
  • Interview with Dr. Bradley C. Edwards

    10/17/2005 5:29:47 AM PDT · by KeithCu · 2 replies · 196+ views
    Transcript of Interview ^ | 10/17/2005 | Keith Curtis
    KC: Did you see Michael Griffin's interview in USA Today last week?BE: No, but I know the general gist. It’s not a surprise. In my mind the Space Shuttle and Space Station are not valuable efforts. It’s not what NASA should be doing. NASA is using technology from commercial enterprises, or very old technology from the 70's to try and do space exploration. If they are going to be a real premier space agency, they need to be pushing it. It seems like there was a long-standing debate between rockets and the Space Shuttle. From where you sit, that's like...
  • Stairway to heaven(Space elevator)

    09/28/2005 1:16:19 PM PDT · by saganite · 75 replies · 1,303+ views
    telegraph UK ^ | 28/09/2005 | staff
    Space may still be the final frontier, but getting there could soon be almost as simple as stepping into the office lift at the start of the day. The race is on to build the first "space elevator' - long dismissed as science fiction - to carry people and materials into orbit along a cable thousands of miles long. In a significant step, American aviation regulators have just given permission for the opening trials of a prototype, while a competition to be launched next month follows in the wake of the $10 million (£5.6 million) "X Prize'', which led to...
  • An elevator to space? NASA gives idea a lift.

    10/23/2005 12:24:22 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 21 replies · 691+ views
    Mountain View ^ | 10/22/05 | David Perlamn
    Space is a long, long way up, but a dozen ambitious high-tech teams assembled in Mountain View on Friday, prepared to compete under NASA encouragement with far-out concepts for reaching the planets in ways no one has ever attempted. The dozen teams are inventive entrants into the arcane world of untried ventures in aerospace engineering, and this weekend at NASA's Ames Research Center they will be vying for modest prizes -- the first in an annual series of competitions as creative and extreme as any space groupie could envision. NASA's ultimate goal -- perhaps by 2020 -- is the development...
  • Space-elevator tether climbs a mile high

    02/15/2006 10:24:11 AM PST · by Neville72 · 208 replies · 3,366+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2/15/2006 | Kimm Groshong
    In January, LiftPort team members deployed a mile-long tether with the help of three large balloons in the Arizona desert (N Aung/LiftPort Group)Related Articles A slim cable for a space elevator has been built stretching a mile into the sky, enabling robots to scrabble some way up and down the line. LiftPort Group, a private US company on a quest to build a space elevator by April 2018, stretched the strong carbon ribbon 1 mile (1.6 km) into the sky from the Arizona desert outside Phoenix in January tests, it announced on Monday. The company's lofty objective will sound familiar...
  • Elevating Elephants (space elevator alert)

    03/15/2006 8:16:35 AM PST · by Neville72 · 120 replies · 1,397+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 3/14/2006 | James D. Miller
    For the 2006 midterm elections, Republicans should propose an idea so big that it stretches to the stars. Republicans should commit the government to building a space elevator by 2020. A space elevator would essentially be a 62,000-mile cable stretching from the earth's surface out into space. Because one end of the cable would be in high orbit, gravity would prevent it from falling back to earth. Once the cable was in place, space travelers would board an elevator-like device and ride up the cable. The 62,000-mile cable would endure tremendous stress from supporting its own mass, so the primary...