The company plans to use carbon nanontubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, to produce the cables required for the elevator. Those cables will be stretched to a counterweight 96,000 kilometers above our planet, about one-fourth of the distance between the Earth and the moon.
“At this moment, we cannot estimate the cost for the project. However, we’ll try to make steady progress so that it won’t end just up as simply a dream.”
I can estimate the cost: ridiculously, needlessly expensive. But I don’t much care: I mean, it’s a space elevator. Whether this claim can actually become a reality is up for discussion—but they’renot the only horse in the race. I just hope it happens in my lifetime. [The Daily Yomiuri; Image:Michael Evans]