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Lets talk about space elevators.

KiFe

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Who's going to be the first country to have one? Wouldn't it be keen if canada got one? We could trump our own cn tower.

How weird would it be to stand at the base of the elevator and look up into the sky and see those cables simply vanish into the stratosphere?

It would be cool if we could shape the counterweight like a giant boob circling the earth.



How many space elevators could a single planet host? If you had two at odd angles on the planet, would she spin all wonky like an oopie ball?



Would the thing have an operator, that keeps you entertained with whimsical banter during your ascent?

"4th floor, womens apparel, carbon nanotubes, kitchen appliances, low earth orbit" DING!
 

OTIS

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I think Ray Liotta should be the eleoperator. Why? I'd like to see Ray Liotta before I got throttled into space. I'd feel secure with the idea that he'd make sure I'd be able to get back down.
 

KiFe

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deevah said:
i thought they were testing this already...but @ a very short altitude, like 3km
I think the shorter the string/teather the faster the globe has to spin.
So theoretically, if you used a short (3km) tether it would actually be harder to acheive a taught cable then it would with a longer line.

>shrug<
 

LeoGirl

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what's to prevent a terrorist from taking it out.

personally I think it's a pretty dumb idea. I'd just rather fly to space that take and elevator.
 
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KiFe

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LeoGirl said:
what's to prevent a terrorist from taking it out.

personally I think it's a pretty dumb idea. I'd just rather fly to space that take and elevator.
Your spelling is dumb.

Go strap a solid booster to your ass and get the hell out of here.
 

Stan

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Due to the potential for catastrophic disaster, it would probably be best to have the elevator in a remote area. Like in the middle of the Pacific or the Sahara. Also, I believe you need to have the elevator situated on or near the equator.
 

KiFe

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Stan said:
Also, I believe you need to have the elevator situated on or near the equator.

Oh yeah.. forgot about that factor... damn.. so much for canadian pride.
Maybe we can strap a canadarm to the thing eh?
 
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deevah

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Liftport is the company i was thinking about:

Second Round of Tests
Seattle, Washington - Feb. 13, 2006 - LiftPort Group, the space elevator companies, today announced that it has successfully completed its second round of preliminary tests of its high altitude platform and robotic lifters. The tests, which were conducted under a waiver to use airspace granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), used prototypes of proprietary technology the company is developing for use in the LiftPort Space Elevator, the company's revolutionary way to ferry cargo into space.

In this phase of testing, conducted earlier this month in Arizona, LiftPort successfully launched an observation and communication platform a full mile in the air and maintained it in a stationary position for more than six hours while robotic lifters climbed up and down a ribbon attached to the platform. The platform, a proprietary system that the company has named "HALE" (High Altitude Long Endurance), was secured in place by an arrangement of high altitude balloons, which were also used to launch it. The robotic lifters measured five feet, six inches and climbed to a height of more than 1500 feet, surpassing its last test record by more than 500 feet.




"We're pleased at the success of this round of testing," said Michael Laine, president of LiftPort. "Testing our technology in real world settings is critical to the ultimate success of our space elevator, and we appreciate the FAA's willingness to work with us on this."




In addition to the LiftPort Space Elevator, the LiftPort HALE system has other near term commercial applications that the company plans to develop and market. These include security, high altitude observation cameras, acting as a relay station for radio, cellular or Internet access during natural disasters, or for real time surveillance over the damaged region.




A revolutionary way to send cargo into space, the LiftPort Space Elevator will consist of a carbon nanotube composite ribbon eventually stretching some 62,000 miles from earth to space. The LiftPort Space Elevator will be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, and to a small man-made counterweight in space. Mechanical lifters are expected to move up and down the ribbon, carrying such items as people, satellites and solar power systems into space.




Headquartered in Bremerton, Wash., LiftPort Inc. is a privately held company dedicated to the development of the first commercial elevator to space. For more information, or to sign up for a free subscription to the company's newsletter on the LiftPort Space Elevator, visit at the company's web site at www.liftport.com.


edit: i was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off about the 3km
 
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LeoGirl

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KiFe said:
Your spelling is dumb.

Go strap a solid booster to your ass and get the hell out of here.
there's nothing wrong with my spelling.

and just for that I hope during your trip up the elevator the cable snaps and you float into space, run out of oxygen and your head explodes.
 

KiFe

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LeoGirl said:
there's nothing wrong with my spelling.

and just for that I hope during your trip up the elevator the cable snaps and you float into space, run out of oxygen and your head explodes.
Yeah well i hope you get hit by a car.
 

Stan

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If those cables snap, they could wrap around the earth about 2 and a half times. Could be a massive problem. Also, whoever is on top at the time would be going on a verrrrrrrrrry long trip.
 
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KiFe

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Stan said:
If those cables snap, they could wrap around the earth about 2 and a half times. Could be a massive problem. Also, whoever is on top at the time would be going on a verrrrrrrrrry long trip.
Couldn't they design a failsafe where if a cable snaps they could do a rapid disconnect from the earth mounting point, then the remaining cable could get whipped out into space instead of wrapped around our squishable earth?
 

TheRunningBoard

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OTIS said:
I think Ray Liotta should be the eleoperator. Why? I'd like to see Ray Liotta before I got throttled into space. I'd feel secure with the idea that he'd make sure I'd be able to get back down.
I concur.

Also....am I the only one to see that "OTIS" was the first response to an thread about elevators? Did you do that on purpose?
 
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