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LastDemocratInSC Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:34 AM
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39. You're just trying to be testy, aren't you? (just kidding)
The plans that I've read call for having lifters going up to the breakage point on the Earth side and down to the breakage from the distal end to rendezvous with each other and repair the damage (more work needed here, obviously) before anything can enter the atmosphere.

The Earth-bound lifters would move mass out to the broken end and hopefully keep that portion of the cable out of the atmosphere. So, if everything failed and the Earth-bound portion of carbon nanotube fiber fell back into the atmosphere, what might happen? What would the entry velocities be? Might we have something like several thousand miles of airfoil stuff in the ocean east of Tahiti (probably) and onto the mainland of South America or would any of it burn up (probably not).

Well, I think we could expect to see a new, highly insulative line of Alpaca sweaters from the Inca natives in the mountains of Peru. I say you and I should invest now. Who needs lamas?
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  - He may have borrowed his idea from Arthur C. Clarke who introduced...  Media_Lies_Daily   Jun-25-04 09:41 PM   #22 
  - See also:  T.D.P. Roberts   Jun-25-04 04:46 PM   #2 
  - Do you remember in Blue Mars  Oggy   Jun-25-04 04:55 PM   #3 
     - Just got to keep the free mars guys away.... n/t  T.D.P. Roberts   Jun-25-04 04:56 PM   #4 
     - I'm embarrassed to say  Oggy   Jun-25-04 05:00 PM   #5 
     - dupe  Oggy   Jun-25-04 05:00 PM   #6 
     - the result of a 'terrorist' attack  lightbulb   Jun-25-04 05:34 PM   #11 
  - This was the cover story of Discovery magazine this month  cjbuchanan   Jun-25-04 05:06 PM   #7 
  - IMHO: this is a stupid idea and the thing will never be built.  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 05:10 PM   #8 
  - There is also something repugnant about it.  demoman123   Jun-25-04 05:13 PM   #9 
  - I humbly disagree...  Owsley   Jun-25-04 06:12 PM   #12 
  - Carbon Nanotubes ...  lanparty   Jun-25-04 06:47 PM   #13 
  - I want to see some calculation about the cable weight.  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 07:06 PM   #16 
  - Rockets in atmosphere are horribly inefficient ...  lanparty   Jun-25-04 08:00 PM   #19 
  - The mass adds up but is balanced by centripetal force  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 09:31 PM   #21 
     - Beaming mega-horsepower by lasers? BWAHAHAHAHA  mike1963   Jun-25-04 10:07 PM   #29 
        - Who said mega horsepower?  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 11:23 PM   #36 
  - don't forget the environment  booley   Jun-25-04 08:18 PM   #20 
  - You say "a cable that fell would be little or no danger"  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 10:03 PM   #28 
     - Please consider this ...  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 11:30 PM   #37 
        - Perhaps you are right regarding the thread.  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 11:49 PM   #38 
           - You're just trying to be testy, aren't you? (just kidding)  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-26-04 12:34 AM   #39 
              - In a way, I am just being testy. But I don't believe this will work ...  struggle4progress   Jun-26-04 12:42 AM   #41 
  - Unlikely to be the most effective way of launching anything ...  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 06:55 PM   #15 
     - Website ...  lanparty   Jun-25-04 07:24 PM   #18 
     - The problems you cite are real but manageable  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 09:41 PM   #23 
        - Hmmm.  struggle4progress   Jun-25-04 09:57 PM   #25 
           - Some more info for you  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 10:21 PM   #31 
  - It is a scientifically viable,  kgfnally   Jun-26-04 02:17 AM   #44 
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  - Orbit isn't useless  lanparty   Jun-25-04 06:49 PM   #14 
  - Those ARE the very things I call useless  Gregorian   Jun-25-04 10:44 PM   #34 
  - !  belle   Jun-26-04 12:43 AM   #42 
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  - I did read the whole thread. This is a very very old notion and a very  mike1963   Jun-25-04 09:54 PM   #24 
  - Exactly right.  rocketdem   Jun-25-04 09:58 PM   #26 
  - Thanks...I probably should have added that if some entrepreneur wants  mike1963   Jun-25-04 10:01 PM   #27 
  - Not to mention the 20,000 children that starve to death daily.  jdjkkse   Jun-25-04 10:30 PM   #32 
     - Wrong argument.  rocketdem   Jun-25-04 10:42 PM   #33 
  - I don't think this is much of an aeronautical engineering issue  LastDemocratInSC   Jun-25-04 11:16 PM   #35 
  - Suuure they will. I'm still waiting for flying cars & robot maids...  Dr Fate   Jun-25-04 10:07 PM   #30 
  - OMG! It's "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator!"  belle   Jun-26-04 12:35 AM   #40 
  - Wouldn't this thing be vulnerable to terrorism?  daleo   Jun-26-04 01:44 AM   #43 
  - There will never be a "Space Elevator"  Mr.Green93   Jun-26-04 12:47 PM   #46 
 

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