Monday, August 27th, 2012

The Elevator To The Moon

"A space elevator capable of taking robots and humans back to the surface of the moon can be built today, a California firm has claimed. The radical Liftport system would allow cheap and simple access to the lunar surface via a ‘ribbon’ cable. Eventually it is hoped a 'space elevator' could even take people from earth directly to the lunar surface."
—Naturally, they are on Kickstarter. Whatever, it is too early in the week to get worked up about this.

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hockeymom (#143)

Can I reserve spots for Mitt's cars?

skahammer (#587)

Whatever, Californians. I'm going to wait for the cheaper Fung Wah Space Elevator, departing for the Moon from Chinatown.

And with five completed round-trips, I'll probably get a free trip to Boston out of it too.

That is the worst elevator music.

Bittersweet (#765)

Getting vertigo even thinking about this.

Amasa Amos (#9,654)

Yes, let's tie two gravitationally bound objects to each other. That sounds like a great idea.

Sean Lai (#14,158)

@Amasa Amos The title of the article is poorly worded – the idea isn't to tether the Earth to the Moon, it's to build a space elevator on the moon. Stuff would be launched into space from the Earth via rocket, then dock with the station at the other point of the space elevator, then get down to the lunar surface via elevator.

I don't know why they wouldn't just build the space elevator on Earth instead…isn't escaping Earth's gravity the most expensive part of getting stuff into orbit?

skahammer (#587)

@Amasa Amos That is the worst description of sex that I've ever heard.

sharkeggs@twitter (#209,970)

@Sean, I'm guessing the lower mass of the moon lowers some engineering hurdles. There would also be fewer safety concerns since no one lives on the moon. Though the goal of a lunar elevator is presumably put people there, the length of the cable on an earth bound space elevator would force engineers to consider the safety of people very far from the tether.

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