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Space Elevator By 2050

Space Elevator By 2050

A Japanese company wants to build a space elevator by 2050. It will allow transporting cargos and humans into space. This will reduce the cost of delivering payloads to space by 90% which could eliminate the need for rockets.

It will also be used as a port for long distance space travel. It consists of a 96,000 km (60,000 mi) long carbon nanotube cable. Carbon nanotubes are stronger and lighter than most known materials. The cable could also be constructed from diamond nanothreads. One end of the cable will be attached to Earth's surface and the other end in space at an altitude of 36,000 km (23,000 mi). The end of the cable is attached to a 13,000 ton counterweight which helps in stabilizing the elevator.

The elevator will be able to carry 100 ton climbers into space. Obayashi Corporation plans to begin construction in 2025. It would take roughly 20 years to construct the cable.

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