Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Inflatable beanstalk

Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space

A "traditional" space elevator.

The tower does a similar job to the much-vaunted space elevator. But while the elevator envisages using ribbons woven from superstrong nanotubes - a material that is as yet non-existent - the tower would use materials that are already available. And should something go wrong with the tower, failure of a few modules would not cause the whole structure to collapse.

This idea appeals to me very much, so I'm all-but-certain that I'm overlooking some fatal flaw. Pros? Cons? Feel free to comment.

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purrlgurrl said...

Well, it could take hits from space junk falling out of orbit as well as stray meteorites. But, don't know how high or low is the risk for that.

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