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The Space Elevator Concept

Design Your Own Space Elevator – [youtube.com] The Universe Documentary – Space Elevator and Carbon Nanotubes – [youtube.com] The Space Elevator – no longer Science Fiction – [youtube.com] An Elevator to Space: Markus Landgraf at TEDxRheinMain – [youtube.com] The Physics of Space Elevators – [youtube.com] (this includes the concept of a space launch from an […]

Space Launch Costs Will Become Increasingly Irrelevant

Historically, one of the greatest impediments to the process of humanity moving out into space has been the extreme costs of launching payloads out of our gravity well. There are two factors that will contribute to a dramatic decrease in the affect of launch costs on space migration. Space elevators will greatly reduce the effort […]

Space Elevator Climber Design

A space elevator is a long ribbon that extends into space and hangs in a state of equilibrium because the centrifugal force throwing the top half of the ribbon out into space balances the force of gravity trying to drag the bottom half down. The elevator becomes functional when a climber car uses the ribbon […]

Space Elevator Fundamentals

A space elevator is a long thin cable, anchored on the Earth end and held in place on the space end by a counterweight of ballast. The central balance point of the cable is located at a geo-synchronous orbit level, keeping the cable steady over the anchor point. The weight of the cable (and ballast) […]

Robotic Space Tugs

Most cargo will be moved in space by simply pushing it into a desired trajectory and then waiting for it to arrive at the destination. The trajectory will vary according to both the start and end point and the amount of time we are willing to wait for the cargo to arrive. If we are […]

Climbing a Cable to Space

A space elevator is a long thin cable, anchored on the Earth end and held in place on the space end by a counterweight of ballast. The central balance point of the cable is located at a geo-synchronous orbit level, keeping the cable steady over the anchor point. The weight of the cable (and ballast) […]

Lunar Space Elevator

A space elevator is a long cable hung from an object in geo-stationary orbit, so that payloads can climb up the cable into orbit at low cost compared to rocket blast-offs. The cable has to be made of strong but light material and the climber must be supplied with power. This concept was recently only […]