We’re One Step Closer to a Space Elevator

A space elevator sounds like science fiction, but scientists are still actively trying to make it a reality. Here’s what you need to know.

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Going up! Japan to test mini 'space elevator'


“If all goes well, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-metre cable suspended in space between two mini satellites that will keep it taut. The mini-elevator will travel along the cable from a container in one of the satellites.”

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“A space elevator is exactly what it sounds like: an unbroken ribbon roughly one hundred million times as long as it is wide, stretching all the way from Earth to geosynchronous orbit (GEO). They're intended to do to the solar system what railroads did to the continent, allowing 20-ton electric elevator 'cars' to pull themselves into space for a fraction of the cost of an orbital rocket.”

Space Elevators Getting First Test in Space


“Researchers at Shizuoka University, working in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will begin trials on a miniature version of a space elevator next week. The test is very small and simple, the tiniest step towards an actual elevator to the stars.”

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