Maybe you’re not exactly jonesing to visit the moon. But might you take the trip if it was as simple as stepping into an elevator?
Enter LiftPort Group of Seattle, Washington. The above video is a proposal from the private company, detailing how they believe they can design an elevator to deliver cargo (and eventually, humans) to and from the lunar surface. In addition to sending items to the moon, it would also allow for valuable resources to be taken from the moon and brought back down to earth.
LiftPort’s concept for building the lunar space elevator infrastructure calls for using a climbing vehicle that scoots up and down a ribbon-shaped, tethered cable that’s part of an anchor station secured to the airless moon. A lunar elevator provides value by making soft landings on the moon possible.
The project is being funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign (no joke), with backers of the project predicting that LiftPort could propel dozens of people into space right away.
So, are you excited about the concept, or do you think it’s too far-fetched to work? If it comes to fruition, has the film “Gravity” destroyed any desire you may have had to ride the space elevator? Read more here, and blast off with your comments below.
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