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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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