About the space elevator appears and disappears for many years. Until now, mankind had towards the realization of this beautiful vision of appropriate technology, but it looks like it just changed it for the better. Fingers crossed!
All thanks to scientists from the Chinese University of Tsinghua. For several years, they conduct extensive research on the future of the special fiber, which facilitate an the extraordinary abilities. Everything indicates that in the end they were able to create something that is ideally suited for the construction of a space elevator. According to many concepts, with its help you will be charges on the Earth’s orbit, and in the future, to the moon.
The construction of such a plant to be fairly simple. With carbon nanotubes will be built vertical rails, after which it will be moving elevator. Until now, the biggest problem was suitable for this material. Fiber developed in the Middle meets these requirements. Only 1 cubic centimeter of the specially built fiber reinforced with carbon nanotubes, has a strength of up to 800 tons. The Chinese boast that it is currently the most durable material on the planet.
According to NASA, the concept 10 years ago, the fiber required for the construction of a space elevator must be characterized by a tensile strength of 7 gigapascals. Meanwhile, the material developed by the Chinese University of Tsinghua reaches up to 80 gigapascals and theoretical strength is up to 300 gigapascals TECH GIRL. The fiber has still to be improved, so in the future we can expect even better performance.
This shows that humanity is already in the hands of the base technology, which allows the construction of the space elevator. It remains yet to realize the most difficult issue, namely the production of at least six rails after 30,000 kilometers each. Chinese scientists believe that today humanity has the technology to help produce such items in less than a decade.
Either way, the Chinese people do not lose hope and will continue to have tried to achieve this cosmic vision wynoszenia installation on the Earth’s orbit. Perhaps in the near future will be developed a technology that will speed up work. We keep our fingers crossed for it and at the same time we wonder if this idea makes sense at all, looking through the prism of rockets landing control technology and recycling, which greatly reduces the cost of starting missiles from space missions.