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Saturday, November 03, 2007

More than an idea

"A Modern Day Eerie Canal" by Jack Ulrich. Good stuff.


  • It's kind of hard for me to imagine a space elevator being stable enough, but sometimes my imagination is too limited.

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 8:20 AM  

  • It's really more like a space wash-clothes-line. Also called a space tether. Not free standing under compression like a house or tree, but kept taught by the centrifugal force of the planet's rotation.

    By Blogger The Guy, at 2:30 PM  

  • Ah, that makes it easier to imagine. Thanks. They should call it something other than "elevator" maybe?

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 7:15 AM  

  • Well, think about it, an elevator runs on cables, doesn't it? Plus the crawlers designed to move up and down the ribbon or cable (still working out those details...) are a lot like an elevator car. Just air tight and electromagnetically driven.

    But you're right there are actually a number of names that are better and more descriptive. I blame the media, they're always looking for a catchy phrase.

    By Blogger The Guy, at 5:33 PM  

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