New Way to Explore Space? Canadian Company Gets U.S. Patent For Space Elevator

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Technology with 6 Comments
20km Space Tower

20km Space Tower

By Nancy Owano | Phys.org

The patent document reads: “The present invention is a self-supporting space elevator tower for the delivery of payloads to at least one platform or pod above the surface of the Earth for the purposes of . The space elevator tower may also be used to deliver equipment, personnel and other objects or people to at least one platform or pod above the surface of the Earth for the purpose of scientific research, communications and tourism.”

Thoth's approach suggests an interesting alternative. Eric Mack in CNET wrote, “Technically speaking, getting to space hasn't become any easier over the past half century or so. It still requires using huge rockets to create a massive enough amount of force to push a payload beyond the grip of Earth's gravity.” Or, as Information Week put it, “Rockets are extremely hard to launch off the face of the earth because of gravity and air resistance.”

In contrast, said Mack, the space elevator uses “much simpler gravity-defying technologies to access space.”

David Wagner of Information Week said Thoth is using “technology that, for the most part, we already have (to build the building at least). It uses modular tubes of Kevlar-polyethylene composites filled with helium. The tubes are much lighter and forgiving than modern building materials, and the helium helps hold the structure up.”

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  2. 10207557328515045@facebook.com' Tess Kelly says:

    The novel The Long Mars has a space elevator on one of the Marses. Really interesting!

  3. 1057315167612783@facebook.com' Leif Adams says:

    The tower of Babylon!

    • 1057315167612783@facebook.com' Leif Adams says:

      It is not through trying to reach God or our higher being by building higher towers, it’s through our spiritual nature the we gain a higher exsistance which will take us a little higher than a few thousand feet!

  4. 1004209802964312@facebook.com' Jamie Skaggs says:

    This is soooooooo cool, will make going to space a lot safer. No more ground launches absolutely fantastic.

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