Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Space Elevator

The concept of the space elevator has been around for quite a few years now. After initial consideration the thought seems quite absurd, but apparently there are quite a few benefits to such an approach. Once built, it would provide a cheaper and more energy-efficient method for reaching orbit.


This idea won't die because there is some merit to it. There have even been recent developments which have moved us one step closer to actual implementation.

The space elevator is like so many other wild ideas - like the telephone, the airplane, the personal computer, and many others. We are lucky to be living through a process that might bring upon the next travel revolution. Yet human nature makes us skeptical and dismissive.

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