The idea of an elevator that would move loads and people into orbit was suggested by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the 19th century. Researchers from the University of Shizuoka decided to take a step towards...
The idea of an elevator that would move loads and people into orbit was suggested by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the 19th century.
Researchers from the University of Shizuoka decided to take a step towards the implementation of this idea. September 11, they will launch into space two mini-satellites, which will be connected by a 10-meter cable. Between the satellites there will be a device simulating the elevator car.
In the course of this experiment, scientists plan to prove the theoretical possibility of implementing an orbital elevator. Satellites will support the cable in a stretched state. Researchers will fix the movement of the structure with the help of special cameras on satellites.
The main task in the creation of the orbital elevator experts call the development of heavy-duty cable on which the cabin will move. Among other things the cable should be reliably protected from the effects of cosmic rays.
One of the possible materials for this task can serve as carbon nanotubes.
Among other possible problems in the implementation of the project – energy supply of the elevator, meteorites and space debris.
Six years ago, the Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation presented a draft of an electric-powered elevator that could carry up to 30 people into orbit. However, the company promised to implement the project no earlier than 2050.
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