Space Elevator


Space Elevator
Space e would be the tallest tower humans have ever created, with a height towering at 193 times that of the tallest structure presently created - the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The Space e towers extends up into the lower earth orbit, at about 99 miles or 160 kilometers into space.

Using space elevators for deployment of space-related technologies would cost much less than rockets. The estimated cost of sending a pound of material into space using a rocket is about $10,000, but it is a mere $100 using a space elevator.

Since 1971, NASA has launched 135 missions, with each mission costing approximately $1.3 billion. Rockets have been an expensive undertaking, and unlike any other mode of transportation, a rocket has a 40% vehicular failure rate and 1.5% flight failure rate.

Throughout the years there have been concepts of a space tether made of carbon nanotubes that sends a counterweight far beyond the geostationary orbit. Although the nanotube technology is still in its infancy, it would require cables with widths of several miles to reach heights of 144,000 kilometers (89,000 miles) into space for a counter weight. The cost would be enormous.

The space e, once extended, provides a launch pad that allows large and heavy space materials to extend into orbit without the need to carry millions of gallons of fuel.

The Space e may possibly help earth launch its very own starship sooner than anticipated.