Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles into the wild blue yonder – step aboard, and after 7 short days of travel you’ll land at a specially-constructed space station. Once the project is completed, it will be able to transport people and cargo much more affordably and efficiently than launching a rocket.
The technology to build a space elevator isn’t technically in place, yet. But recent developments in carbon nanotechnology make the project that much closer to completion. Obayashi says some of these newly-developed materials are “almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it’s possible.”
The biggest problem right now is that the cable can only be manufactured about 3-centimeters long, but as the technology continues to improve, no doubt so will the length. Just one question remains: will we have to listen to Musak the entire journey?
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