Lunar Elevator: reality or fiction?

And I want to say, as in the famous cartoon “Three bananas”:

Three hooves, two horseshoes, the Elevator would move again. Sputnik and slide the lift out of a fairy tale. Three screwdrivers, two nipples, And boys, and girls, If you know the word-grease, straight into a story.

Experiments LiftPort Group

For those who have not read anything aboutthe space Elevator, briefly describe his idea, proposed. To build the lift, you have three segments — a geostationary satellite located on the orbit nearly forty thousand kilometers from Earth, the station built on the surface or in the mountains (like say, the higher, the better — at high altitude atmospheric disturbances less), and the cable connecting the satellite and the station. The cable is of such length made of modern materials will not stand the tension and breaks, or pull their weight the satellite to the Ground. So now the space Elevator to do is not possible.

Now let’s talk aboutthe Lunar Elevator. In 2003, Michael lane founded the company LiftPort Group. She began to develop the overall concept of the space Elevator. Although I don’t think they could come up with something new, all have been already invented, high — to make more accurate calculations. However, it’s probably one of the few companies (to be honest, I have not heard about other, similar LiftPort Group), which has stepped further calculations. Unmatched experiments conducted by this company, saying that such a lift is possible, but until there is simply no material for the cable, which can withstand huge load.

Experiments LiftPort Group are as follows: special rope attached to, whose length is 460 meters, was raised by robots (lift with people, of course, to let afraid). But still, those experiments did not get. In 2007, the company covered the financial difficulties, work on the Elevator has stopped. Despite the turmoil, the LiftPort Group survived and continued to work. But the work has become they are not above ground lift, and over the Moon, which is considered a more practical project.

According to the developers, the Lunar Elevator is much cheaper on Earth because the Moon has less gravity and the satellite will hang over one point will be in a lower orbit than geostationary. It will allow to save considerable funds for the delivery of spacecraft to the moon, and possibly to build a lunar scientific base — because the material will need to be delivered to Lunar orbit, and then a lift.

Moreover, the developers claim that now the material suitable for the manufacture of the cable already exists — is a synthetic fiber “Zylon” (Zylon).

Everything seems to be clear — the calculations are, supernice there, but still something is missing. Michael lane said:“I used to say that the project of the space Elevator we don’t what all the answers — all questions don’t know. For a Lunar Elevator it is even more so”

We can only repeat:

Three hooves, two horseshoes, the Elevator would move again. Sputnik and slide the lift out of a fairy tale. Three screwdrivers, two nipples, And boys, and girls, If you know the word-grease, straight into a story.

Maybe after these words the Elevator started moving again.

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