Oct 24, 2021

The Technologies That Could Finally Make Space Elevators a Reality

Posted by in categories: engineering, solar power, space, sustainability

Like the Stanford Torus, the O’Neill Cylinder, and the Generation Ship, the Space Elevator is one of those ideas that keep popping up! Just when you think scientists and engineers have given up on it, there’s a new round of theoretical studies that assert how it could be done. You might say that the Space Elevator is an idea that’s too good to let go of.

Considering the benefits involved, this should come as no surprise. Granted, the cost in terms of money, resources, and time would be considerable, as are the engineering and logistical challenges involved. But for the one-time price of creating this megastructure, we would be able to realize space-based solar power, habitats in orbit, cities on the Moon and Mars, and more!

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Thanks to recent advances in materials science, Space Elevators have become somewhat feasible at last.

Like the stanford torus, the o’neill cylinder.

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