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Japanese company plans to build a space elevator by 2050

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Japanese company Obayashi has announced that they will have a space elevator constructed by 2050. The elevator will reach 96,000 km (60,000 mi) into space and will transport people and cargo to a new space station. It will also serve as a port to transport astronauts to Mars and beyond. Watch the video below to learn more about their concept.

Space Elevator

A Japanese company wants to build a space elevator by 2050.Soundtrack by: Thomas Lemmer

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

“The construction process consists of deploying the cable and constructing the facilities. It is necessary to analyze the cable dynamics in order to estimate the characteristics of the cable, counter-weight, facilities and climbers, and in order to determine the construction procedures. Parameters for the cable dynamics include tension, displacement and elongation of the cable due to ascending climbers, masses of counter-weight and cable, wind, and fixed loads of facilities. With the help of a computer simulation of the equations of motion, we designed the system and determined the construction process.” ~ Obayashi 

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jeff o
jeff o

That would be the biggest short circuit in history of mankind 🙂

daryl

what happen when the cable break, it will go to all nations

Bhupendra Singh

Probably that is why the base station is set up amidst the waters to reduce the strike impact to the earth rendering the travellers safe up to some extent. Parachutes may also be employed for such mishappening within earth’s influence, I suppose.

William Adama
William Adama

If the cable failed, it would not fall vertically, but would wrap around the equator. The final stages of the fall would cause damage on the scale of an asteroid strike. The chances are that, during the final stages, anyone who could see the fall would not survive it.

Stogy
Stogy

They’ll need to get some basic science right first. Space begins at about 100km. The International Space Station orbits at about 408km. 96,000 km for the space elevator seems like a bit of an overshoot.

Katja
Katja

Basic science dictates that a space station that could have a space elevator must be in geostationary orbit, which is 35 000 km away from earth. Given that the cable would at least be twice the lenth of that distance, their estimate doesn’t seem too far off. Considering that the cable wouldn’t be completely straight, that you need winching and braking mechanisms, I believe they’ve made some resonable choices.

I’m more curious about what the cable would be made of, since it’s weight would be prodigious.

Dave
Dave

The Fountains of Space, Arther C. Clark

judy mcpherson
judy mcpherson

the cable is a wire that is cutting a magnetic field every time the earth turns…..electricity will be created and amassed in the cable. If I remember right, some country did something like this already and the cable eventually amassed so much charge it melted and snapped! If anyone is going to figure out how to harvest energy from the earths movement, it’ll be the Japanese!

Ernst

We cannot even manage our affairs here on earth, why do we want to muck up the Universe?

Kurlov Machlovesky
Kurlov Machlovesky

not long after this, i will change my nationality into Martian. thanks japan

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