Obayashi Corp. Plans To Have A Space Elevator Operational By 2050

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    Obayashi Corp. Plans To Have A Space Elevator Operational By 2050
    A Japanese company is looking to take elevators to new heights. The Daily Yomiuri reports that Tokyo-based construction company Obayashi Corp. hopes to have a space elevator operational by 2050, carrying passengers and cargo in a vehicle that travels along a ribbon made of carbon nanotubes extending a quarter of the way to the moon.
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    A counterweight at the end of the 96,000 kilometer (59,652 mile) cable would anchor the entire assembly, which is connected to a station on the ground. Passengers would travel from the surface of the Earth to a terminal station housing a research center and residential facilities located about 36,000 kilometers (22,369 miles) up the ribbon in a car traveling at 200 km/h (124 mph). At that speed the journey is anticipated to take about a week.

    Solar panels at the same elevation as the terminal station would provide its electricity and also send power back to the surface.
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    Obayashi Corp. Plans To Have A Space Elevator Operational By 2050 - Gadgets Valley
     

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