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Aug 17, 2002 03:49 # 4739
Take a look at this link from the techtv website.
This idea was prompted on Thursday's show of the screensavers. A poll was taken to determine what the best use of tax dollars would be. The options were either an early-warning earthquake detection system, or a space elevator. I'm more interested in the elevator.
Imagine what could be possible with such a device. I dare say "space travel" isn't so far fetched now. Supposedly, this was the technology used on Earth to get people to a ship-building satellite according to Gene Roddenbery. I doubt we'll be making ships in outer space soon, but this really would make space travel a much simpler concept. It would literally be as easy as pushing the button for the 2nd story and waiting a few hours for the elevator to get there. :)
Just don't press the "stop" button or it might take a while before help arrives. :D
What do all of you think of this idea? According to the screen savers from the website, it would cost approximately 10 billion dollars. Is this a worthy cause for so many tax dollars?
If the world should blow itself up,the last audible voice would be an expert saying it can't be done
This post was edited by Hawkeye on Aug 17, 2002.
I read Arthur C. Clarke's book where the idea of space elevators probably came up for the first time. I think the English title is "The Fountains of Paradise".
They should do it if they are sure that it will work, and that it would save them real money. I don't think you can get funding for that large a sum if it's just a proof of concept project.
This guy, Clarke ("2001", "2010", etc.), is a true visionary. As far as I know the idea of "satellites" also was his, but he never patented it, which he of course regretted a lot later.
'Yeah, That's what Jesus would do. Jesus would bomb Afghanistan. Yeah.' - snowlion
Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favorite authors. He also discusses the idea of a kind of "space elevator" in 3001. I don't want to give away any of the story though.. I would recommend to everyone that they read the entire series. =)
An article written by him in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. I believe he also came up with the concept of a geosynchronous orbit, as well as the idea of using the gravity of a planet or moon to assist the travel of a spacecraft (the idea that saved the crew of Apollo 13).