Why I Chose Space Elevators.
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Nov. 14, 2005
Dept. of Physics, USU
Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - http://spaceinfo.jaxa.jp
Shuttle missions are now restricted to delivering payloads to the International Space Station, further diminishing the value of their use.
r = 42,170 km
v = 3070 m/s
The weight of the cable and climbers becomes important in determining the counterweight.
Photo from Wikipedia –
Photo from Georgia Institute of Technology http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu
Conceptual designs from Liftport Group - http://www.liftport.com/
And European Space Agency - http://www.esrin.esa.it/
Time estimates for viable elevators range from decades to centuries.
“We’re closer now than lightyears to go.”– R.E. M.