Inflatable Space Elevator - ThothX Tower

Inflatable space elevators may be the key to reducing the cost of getting to space. Canadian company Thoth Technology is developing designs for their ThothX elevator. The patented design is for an elevator over 20 km (12 mi) high and 230 m (755 ft) wide. It will be supported by pneumatically pressurized cells filled with air or gas. A series of flywheels would act as compressors to adjust and compensate for bending. it would be used primarily to launch payloads and spacecraft from an upper deck. While reducing costs by up to 30%, it could also open up possibilities for space tourism. Projected to be constructed within the decade, tickets should sell for around $2,000.


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