- 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: #1,670,368 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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About the Author
Bradley C. Edwards, Ph.D.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dr. Edwards spent ten years at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His work at Los Alamos focused on development of advanced technologies and space craft for solar system exploration and astrophysical research. In 2000 and 2001 Dr. Edwards received grants from NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts to develop a viable space elevator. Dr. Edwards has assembled world experts in a broad array of technologies to aid in this development. The technical work has been reviewed by NASA and in an open conference by the private space sector and received high praise.
Eric A. Westling
Mr. Westling is a professional science writer with a background in engineering and technical design. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.