September 30, 2005
Here is a neat article about a small step toward someday building a space elevator in order to more economically move people and materials to and from Earth orbit.
LiftPort Group Inc., of Bremerton, Wash., has successfully tested a robot climber — a novel piece of hardware that reeled itself up and down a lengthy ribbon dangling from a high-altitude balloon.
The test run, conducted earlier this week, is seen as a precursor experiment intended to flight validate equipment and methods to construct a space elevator. This visionary concept would make use of an ultra-strong carbon nanotube composite ribbon stretching up to 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) from Earth into space.
This really appeals to my geeky side!
[Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.]Posted by USAdave at September 30, 2005 06:55 AM | TrackBack