August 12, 2002

WHAT HATH MR. OTIS WROUGHT? :

Space elevator takes off (BBC, 12 August, 2002)
Taking a lift into space may sound like science fiction but scientists are meeting in Seattle to discuss how to build such an elevator.

Seattle-based company High Lift Systems is looking into the idea, backed by a $570,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The company is holding a two-day conference to discuss the technology and funding and hopes to begin construction within the next few years.

"Technology is now catching up with science fiction. It should be taken pretty seriously," said Brad Edwards of High Lift Systems.

"The technology's not quite here, but in the next couple of years the technology could be ready to consider construction of the first space elevator."

The concept is simple. The elevator is essentially a cable, attached at one end to an ocean-going platform.

At the other end it is connected to a satellite, in orbit 35,000 kilometres above the Earth.


Great--can't you just see airline pilots weaving between the cables? Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2002 9:30 PM
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