Building a Space Elevator by 2050: grand vision or utter nonsense?

Japanese construction company Obayashi caused quite a stir in September 2014 when they promised to build and operate a Space Elevator by 2050, based on anticipated further developments in carbon nanotechnology. There were quite a few voices claiming it was all empty words to create hype and promote the company, but they did succeed in reinvigorating the discussion (and having their concept page listed high when “Space Elevator” is searched for in Google). Read more

Is a Space Elevator possible at all?

“We need a road to space, but today we have just rockets”, says Markus Landgraf in his TEDx speech about the possibility of building an Elevator to Space. Watching the video is highly suggested! At 15:10 min he shows a spool of nanothreads, one of the most important factors making the physical existence of a Space Elevator possible. Read more