[extropy-chat] Space elevator numbers III
eugen at leitl.org
Fri Feb 16 07:57:59 UTC 2007
On Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 09:27:26PM -0800, spike wrote:
> More later on this, but the issue with a lunar synchronous cable is related
> to the moon having a tragically slow rotation rate. The earth is in lunar
> synchronous orbit, if you want to think of it that way. If you calculate
> the length of the cable to either lagrangian points 1 or 2, the cable needs
> to be crazy long. Technically it is easier than an earth synchronous cable,
Not nearly as long as the Earth tether, which is, what, 100000 km?
says a tether from M5 fiber would 6100 tons, including a massive counterweight.
> but it doesn't have much use methinks.
> PS I spent way too much of my spare time on this trip trying to figure out
> why Kieth's idea of uranium solution transmutation wouldn't work. I have a
> sick feeling in my gut that it would work. Which means any sophisticated
> chemist could make purified plutonium in her basement lab using readily
Any chemical-technical assistant, actually. Or an undergrad. You probably
don't even need a hot cell.
> available materials, oy freaking vey.
Except for a nuclear reactor, that's not so easily available.
I don't think thorium is nearly as regulated as enrichened uranium,
so that might be a loop hole. You'd need many tons of thorium, though,
and cooling the assembly would take more than a small creek.
A deep cave with running water would do fine, because runoff would have
time to cool so you won't see it as a hot spot from orbit.
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