Canadian Mini Space Elevator Paper Available

The August issue of Acta Astronautica is now available and includes a paper by Brendan Quine, professor of space physics and engineering in York's Faculty of Science & Engineering, and his team. The paper is titled: "A free-standing space elevator structure: A practical alternative to the space tether". It's also available as a download (PDF) from Elsevier Science Direct for $31.50 US. I have not had the chance to read the paper yet but I will later this week but the premise is interesting. Instead of manufacturing a complete Space Elevator that stretches 100,000 km, the paper discusses a 20 km elevator that is constructed at a 5 km altitude. More

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