Friday, October 2, 2015

The Science of the Space Elevator

In the early chapters of 'Space Cadets', Aisha and SooKyung travel into orbit on a 'Space Elevator'. This isn't a fictional construct, but based on real science.

Maybe someday we'll have a real space elevator!

There have been lots of theoretical methods for building one, including this recent patent that was granted for an inflatable one!

Here also is a NASA concept for a space elevator, including a wonderful demonstration video!

Finally, check out Michio Kaku on the Space Elevator, which was a huge influence in writing the book!