- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: BC Edwards (November 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974651710
- ISBN-13: 978-0974651712
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Space Elevator: A Revolutionary Earth-to-Space Transportation System
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The authors take the reader through the history of the concept, technical design and economic practicalities of building an elevator to space, and, ultimately, the implications of what such a low cost transportation system would mean to society. Based on three years of NASA-funded studies and written for the technically literate layperson, Edwards and Westling discuss the recent technological advances that now make the space elevator feasible. They conclude by addressing the effects that the space elevator could have on mankind's future from communications and energy to colonizing space.
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The author addresses material selection, and concludes a single material is required for the ribbon: Carbon Nanotubes.
The only open questions left after reading this book are:
1) Since the book's publication in 2003, what improvements in nanotube fabrication have occurred?
2) How much closer to reality is the SE? (obviously, this is highly dependent on the answer to first question)
This book provides a very complete work on the topic. I highly recommend it for those interested in the Space Elevator.
Written in easy style and does not need much technical skill to read. The writers here have done a good job here.
If the figures quoted are correct such a scheme would be about 6 to 10 billion dollars. In today's world this is not that much money. Overall it sounds too good to be true. I am sure that we could add a few more zeros as everything in space is more expensive then quoted. Still it does show the project might be possible and affordable if it can work something I am not qualified to say that it does depend on materials that we don't have yet.
I think the writers have proven their point that it is within reach of current technology and we should do a more detailed study on this topic.
Otherwise, this is a very interesting and complete presentation of an important approach to escaping our planet.