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If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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My surprise is the number of reasonably qualified people who have pursued this idea for 125 years, when the calculations show that with current materials (over those 125 years), we many magnitudes away from being able to build such an elevator. There is only one reasonable explanation for that: These people never did the calculations. (And they didn't have Wikipedia to give it to them )
Even today, we are theorizing about nanomaterials that might be strong enough. I didn't see any estimate of the total amount of nanotubes required, but it occurs to me that those USD 6 billion for building the whole thing is slightly on the optimistic side.
If those estimates hold true, we might even use a similar solution for an electricity generator: Put a little extra weight on the counterweight to pull the rope slowly outwards. In the earth end, the rope is pulled from a huge spool; the rotation of the spool drives the generator (through an almost unimaginable gearbox that probably will require another nano-development of strong enough materials).
Maybe we end up with such a demand for carbon that we can't allow coal to be burned for heating...
That's good , the next time someone comments on state of my desk, my new (less antagonistic) response will be
"If it's good enough for the space station, it's good enough for me!"
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