This is pretty cool, Dan! But as you say, "the undertaking itself to build this would be very costly and time consuming". I don't think any one nation in IB can bare the costs alone. ATOE's plans are only realistic if it included alot more than just Louisianne and Japan in the undertaking. Even if the TSRC and ATOE joined forces, I don't think it would be enough. Ideally, it should take the whole industrialized world to build the elevator. So at present, I don't think anyone would be discussing such plans. What is needed is a much larger supranational organization for the exploitation of space. Only when such an organization is formed will anyone be planning a space elevator IMO. Boreanesia 23:15, 18 May 2005 (PDT)
I feel compelled to point out that to make a space elevator feasible, you're going to have find some truly extraordinary materials. Consider that you'll need a supremely reliable cable--with back up--literally miles and miles and miles in length. Zahir 23:23, 24 Sep 2005 (PDT)
- Tell all that to the people that are already constructing one *here*.
- If they're doing it *here* already, why wouldn't they start working on something similar there. And, for all intents and purposes, I don't see ATOE and any other space agency building something like this for 50 years, at least.
- I'm thrilled to see efforts going into R&D for this, but my objection still stands. You need a cable thousands of miles long that can sustain itself in an encounter with a tropical storm (because this needs to be built on the equator). In the long run I believe that is doable, but not yet, not for--as you said--five decades at the minimum. Zahir 06:42, 25 Sep 2005 (PDT)