DailyDirt: Listening To Muzak On A Long Space Elevator Ride...

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Reliable space travel is slightly elusive. Sure, we have a few rocket systems that can take people up to low Earth orbit, but there's always the chance that those rockets will fail and explode in the sky. On top of that, re-usable rockets haven't quite lived up to their promised cost effectiveness, though some progress is being made on that front. A space elevator could provide a nice alternative, obviating the need for explosive chemical thrust to get to orbital altitudes. But where would we put it, if it's even possible to build one? (Maybe on Mars first....) After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: geosynchronous orbit, graphene, international space elevator consortium, isec, leo, space, space elevator, space exploration, space junk, space travel

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    gordwait (profile), 10 Sep 2015 @ 5:26pm

    My favourite failure mode?

    Lightning strikes.

    Let's see your super thin carbon nanotube rope cut right through a thunderhead without frying.

    Harvesting electical power from clouds is an obvious thing, so nobody bother to patent in mkay?

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