[extropy-chat] Space elevator numbers V
hkhenson at rogers.com
Sat Feb 17 01:44:24 UTC 2007
At 06:38 PM 2/16/2007 -0500, Keith wrote:
>A 0.2 mm by 1.5 m by 1 km roll of Invar weights close to 2.5 metric
>tons. Punched out holes will reduce the weight to a ton. After passing
>through a roll former you get a beam with the cross section of a bracket
>character. Why Invar? Think eclipses.
BTW, this much Invar at 60 10,000 ton power sats per year uses up about 15%
of the world production of nickle.
Of course after a few years I rather expect nickle from asteroids to start
coming on the market.
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