The Pendleton Panther

An Elevator to Space?

Posted on: September 1, 2009

space-elevator diagramThe idea of creating an elevator that reached up into space was originally thought of in 1895 by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, an Imperial Russian and a Soviet rocket scientist.  He was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris but stretched the concept into the structure going all the way into space.  The purpose of the project is designed to transport material into space.  There are several dilemmas though.  Finding a material that is light enough and strong enough to build it out of is one major problem.  The total weight of the structure would be too much for a cable to hold, causing it to break under its own weight.  Currently there are no materials that would work for the construction of the structure.  Along with being extremely durable, the materials used would have to be cost-effective, light weight, and be produced in huge quantities. If the elevator will ever be completed, it would eventually pay itself off because it would be way cheaper than launching a space shuttle every time. The space elevator will probably not be seen in our lifetime, but I think that the project will definitely continue to be worked on in the future. 

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