Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

A space elevator? Japan looks to conduct its first test this month

A space elevator? Japan looks to conduct its first test this month

The test, to be conducted in space, is the first to explore the movement of a container on a cable in space.

A Japanese team is testing a small prototype space elevator, according to news reports.

If it is a success, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-meter cable suspended in space between two minisatellites that will keep it taut.

Scientists from Japan's Shizuoka University and other institutions of the country planned to carry out the first tests in space, as part of the space elevator project. The test equipment will hitch a ride on an H-2B rocket being launched by Japan's space agency from the southern island of Tanegashima on September 11, headed to the International Space Station (ISS). In its concept, six oval-shaped elevator cars would move between a platform in the sea and space station orbiting Earth. Its journey will be recorded via cameras that are installed on the satellites. Space elevator dreams are real A space elevator is still a far cry from the ultimate beam-me-up goals of the project, which builds on a long history of "space elevator" dreams.

Obayashi believes that by utilizing carbon nanotube technology instead of steel, it may be possible to construct a lift shaft of some kind that would extend 60,000 miles over the Earth.

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Astronauts aboard the ISS will release the satellites from the ISS - along with a container acting like an elevator auto that will be moved on a cable connecting the satellites using a motor. The space elevator essentially ferries people and cargo shipments in an elevator vehicle travelling on a cable connecting Earth to a space station.

CHEAPER (MAYBE). This movement is definitely easier to do in space than it will be between Earth and space (we don't have a material strong enough to handle those forces involved, at least not yet).

The project's technical advisor, Japan's building big Obayashi Corporation, is additionally working on a a similar project, even though it previously acknowledged it expects to dispute a save elevator by 2050.The Mainichi identified a decision of boundaries researchers face.

While the challenges to creating a space elevator are massive, that hasn't deterred Japan from continuing to invest in the idea.

Clarke quote goes, "The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing".

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