[quote name="wedge" url="/t/1222564/th-japanese-firm-to-build-space-elevator#post_16589839"][QUOTE]The elevator is expected to be able to carry up to 30 people at a time, but don't expect to be able to hop on it spontaneously. Obayashi said that the elevator may be traveling at a speed of 200 km/h (124 MPH), which means that the a one-way trip will take about 180 hours or 7.5 days. [URL=http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1912505/width/250/height/482][IMG]http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1912505/width/250/height/482[/IMG][/URL][/QUOTE] [URL=http://www.tomsguide.com/us/japanese-space-elevator-sci-fi-carbon-nanotubes,news-14259.html]Source[/URL] How cool is that? It would be way more efficient to use this elevator to exit the Earth's gravity, then launch shuttles that are already in space to the moon or mars or anywhere else.[/quote]
Can everyone please look at the diagram again. This is obviously a translation error. The earth itself is (approximaty) 12,742 kilometers wide, why on earth would someone want to make a tether seven and a half times the width of the planet itself? It is obviously meant to be 96,000 METERS.
Also, wouldn't it be great if they just used it as a way to generate nuclear electricity off planet? If anything goes wrong you just eject it into space! That someone is looking at this seriously is the best news I've ever heard in my entire life.
Edited by ILoveHighDPI - 2/29/12 at 3:12pm