[ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space
dan_ust at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 8 16:45:21 UTC 2009
--- On Mon, 6/8/09, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> "A GIANT inflatable tower could carry people to the edge of
> without the need for a rocket, and could be completed much
> sooner than
> a cable-based space elevator, its proponents claim.
> Inflatable pneumatic modules already used in some
> spacecraft could be
> assembled into a 15-kilometre-high tower, say Brendan
> Quine, Raj Seth
> and George Zhu at York University in Toronto, Canada,
> writing in Acta
> Astronautica (DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.02.018). If
> built from a
> suitable mountain top it could reach an altitude of around
> kilometres, where it could be used for atmospheric
> research, tourism,
> telecoms or launching spacecraft."
I wonder what load it could support. I don't think such a tower need reach 200 km to be of use. One only a few tens of km tall and that could, I guess, support a decent-sized booster near the top might be used to launch people and payloads onto orbit from a very high altitude.
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