Have We Finally Developed the "Ribbon" for a Space Elevator?

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  1. Tuckerfan

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    The article doesn't answer that question but it sounds to me like we might have.
    I realize that this method might not be able to produce it in the lengths that we need for a space elevator but if it is strong enough, then you can bet that people will start trying to figure out how to make the 22K+ miles of the stuff we would need.
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    That would be freaking awesome if it works out! :yes:

    Looks like it's time to start invading the equator to snatch up the prime real estate. ;)
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    Arthur C. Clarke built his novel "The Fountains of Paradise" around that concept.
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    Very cool, but, "Reducing these flaws increases the system’s overall strength" has always been the Achilles's heel of space elevator tech. If they can make a meter of it with no flaws, I'll be super impressed.
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    The basic science seems to have been settled now. What remains are, essentially, engineering problems. I have confidence, assuming as always we don't Blow Up Real Good before we can get there.
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    I mean, the basic science of carbon nanotubes is also settled as good enough for a space elevator, but the engineering problems have been insurmountable. Granted, this design does give them a lot more headroom for dealing with defects, which is good, assuming that defects affect the strength linearly.
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    The benefits of towers stretching all the way up to geosynchronous orbit are massive. Eventually I'm sure it will happen. The problem is that the engineering problems are so complex and expensive to solve that they're just out of reach. I doubt they'll be within reach during my lifetime.
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    It would be great if it happens, but I'm not convinced that the engineering problems will ever be overcome. Getting so close to what seem to be the theoretical limits of materials means it might literally be impossible.
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    Let me express a rare moment of faith in humanity before it dies horribly in the cynical death trap of my mind: it’s been imagined and it seems to not be physically impossible, so eventually it will be done.
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