New NASA Carbon Material Could Make Space Elevators Possible

“Houston, I think we reached the moon.”

“The idea of an elevator that could transport humans into space with ease has long been a fantasy of science fiction writers. However, a new form of carbon ribbon could actually make it possible.

Motivated by a $4 million funding prize from NASA, the team at Cambridge University developed a light, flexible ribbon that is believed to be the world’s strongest. Currently, the team is producing 1 gram of the material per day, enough to stretch to 18 miles in length. According to Alan Windle, professor of materials science at Cambridge, NASA wants 144,000 miles of the stuff—but he notes that it would take an industrial level of production to make that happen.

Still, this once preposterous idea is actually gaining some traction. The Japanese have already seriously considered making one out of carbon nanotubes and some believe that this new project could get the job done in as little as a decade. I’m not buying that—but I’m still keeping an open mind. [Times Online via io9]”

Source : http://i.gizmodo.com/5137441/new-nasa-carbon-material-could-make-space-elevators-possible


1g per day? Hmm…I am taking Materials science and engineering how tough it would be to iron out the imperfections at the atomic level but…I guess it’s still pretty far away from completion. Now where’ my gundam?

Btw, anyone still wants PSP Gundam 00?


5 Responses to “New NASA Carbon Material Could Make Space Elevators Possible”

  1. 1 joe
    18 February 2009 at 4:37 am

    Dear. NASA

    I think this would be impossible for the simiple fact of gravitional pull and the rotation of the universe. This would be possible if you make a satilite and a elevater into one but then you got to worry about the crashing into something. And then you got to worry about the sun and its heat on the material when it is closer or father away form the sun. But this is possible if the material is flexible for the simiple fact sace is curved, cause we are rotating in a circle almost.

  2. 18 February 2009 at 8:10 am

    Dear joe,

    Please attend university and study engineering.

  3. 3 ksn
    22 February 2009 at 5:00 pm

    What may be impossible today may be possible tomorrow. But still, we have a long way to go. Regarding PSP Gundam 00, can you upload the second season? BTW thanks for the PSP gundam 00 first season!

  4. 4 Joe
    24 February 2009 at 3:26 am

    Dear Loba explain?

    being so smart!

  5. 5 Darky
    2 March 2009 at 2:48 am

    Dear Joe,

    I think Loba was clear enough…

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