Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Finally, the 21st Century

Finally, the 21st century might be turning out more like I expected.
For more than half a century, rockets have been the only way to go to space. But in the not-too-distant future, we may have another option for sending up people and payloads: a colossal elevator extending from Earth’s surface up to an altitude of 22,000 miles, where geosynchronous satellites orbit.
Imagine a huge cable, stretching from Earth's surface to a geosynchronous orbiting platform, with people and payloads traveling the cable, without rockets.
NASA says the basic concept of a space elevator is sound, and researchers around the world are optimistic that one can be built. 
Let's get after it, fellows!  (Then, get to work on my flying car.)

1 comment:

Old Grafton said...

Read Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise." Been predicted a long time, materials tech catching up. The hazards are HORRENDOUS at first, tho...