[ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space

spike spike66 at att.net
Fri Jun 12 20:10:11 UTC 2009


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> [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of BillK
> Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 12:55 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ExI] Inflatable tower could climb to the edge of space
> On 6/12/09, Dan wrote:
> > I'm with you there.  Also, why not just build big dumb boosters?
> > No sexy bleeding edge tech; they just would seem very 
> likely to work.
> >
> Looks like the Chinese might have a head start here.
> They have the Tibetan plateau to start building their linear motor on.
> It is already about 16,000 feet high and about the same 
> latitude as Florida.
> BillK

Keith, does the orbiting power station require a low latitude?  I would
think so.  If so, then this project will require Chinese money and a nearly
equatorial latitude, along with a really high mountain.  There is one, as I
recall from last time I looked into this, down below five degrees latitude
and 7 km high.  Keith do you recall where that is?


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