'Elevator to Space' or 'Death-o-Swing'?
During one of my ever increasing day-dreams; I remembered something I heard in respect to a theoretical 'Elevator to Space' and I was wondering what you guys think about this.
looking at the diagram added, the first thing noticed was the counterweight - not to mention the gravitational barrier that we will need to overcome initially with the weight of the cable alone I don't think its plausible... However,
Assuming we could;
- How far out would it have to be at the end of the cable to escape the earth' gravity, enough to then let centrifugal forces take over? is it even possible?
Assuming that could be done;
- Do you think it will be a matter of weight to keep the cable upright - or distance? (obviously a mixture of the two - but how much centrifugal force increase would be expected
This is my Main Quarrel;
- Wouldn't even a small weight, attached to a tether eventually off-centre the rotation of the earth and potentially change its orbit and relationship with The Sun and our moon... Killing us all :( Or could a secondary elevator on the opposite side counter the effects?
I can only imagine this has been dreamt-up already. but it has had me thinking ... which is always dangerous :)
and I thought why not start a discussion... any thoughts are welcome, thanks, Everybody :-P