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The Fountains of Paradise Redux

I love it when ideas first conceived in science fiction writing start to become reality. I first read about the space elevator concept in Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise. Since then I have read (or listened to) anything I have found on the subject. Here are some highlights:

Japan hopes to turn sci-fi into reality with elevator to the stars

'Space elevator' would take humans into orbit

The Space Elevator (podcast)

The podcast is great. They discuss possible elevator speeds as being in the region of 200km/hour which means it will take 7.5 days to get up to geostationary orbit (altitude of 36,000 kilometres). That's a lot longer than I would have thought.




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