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[Oct. 3rd, 2008|02:41 pm]
Najwa
What do y'all think of the Space elevator idea?
Are we supposed to have stuff sticking out like that? What if it makes Earth more wobbly, or something weird like that?
I think it would be cool if it works.
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[User Picture]From: fraterseraphino
2008-10-03 10:09 pm (UTC)
If it works (and it's a monumental engineering problem) it will be an absolute game changer.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-10-03 10:15 pm (UTC)
It kinda reminds me of the Simpsons elevator to nowhere.
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[User Picture]From: fraterseraphino
2008-10-03 10:22 pm (UTC)
Something like 99% of the energy spent sending someone to orbit is spent sending them above the atmosphere. A geosynchronous space elevator would take something all the way to weightlessness and beyond--for a very small fraction of the overall energy. That's a real game changer because the more stuff you can hoist up to orbit cheaply, the easier it is to start building real stuff in orbit--and I'm talking about office buildings and research centers, not tiny little tin-cans.

Imagine instead of having two or three guys in orbit in something the size of a small apartment, having thousands or tens of thousands of people in orbit in an orbital platform the size of a small office building--that's huge. And from there it would be trivial to go to the moon.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-10-03 11:26 pm (UTC)
My husband was just sittin' here sayin' that. That really would be cool.
What if they built a big outer shell around the earth, and the people could live up there if they wanted? And we could restore some nature spots on the planets surface.
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From: cosima_sf
2008-10-03 10:30 pm (UTC)

0-o

wow, seems like a cool idea
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[User Picture]From: ozzzz666
2008-10-04 01:55 am (UTC)
I just can't see this plan working the way they explain it. Using the earths momentum to keep the structure stable? Seems flawed to me, but then again I'm no physicist. Doesn't gravity cancel out the "momentum" in that sense? There would need to be something above the atmosphere (which there isn't) to create resistance in order to acheive that effect wouldn't there?
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-10-04 07:18 am (UTC)
I have no idea! I guess there will be a team of wizards who plot this thing out. It's like a cross between the Escalator to Nowhere and the Tower of Babel. teeheehee
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[User Picture]From: frater_pfdv
2008-10-04 07:23 pm (UTC)
sounds ridiculous to me..I've seen this in the news on and off for a few years now..
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2008-10-05 05:53 am (UTC)
well yer no fun anymore!
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