Canadian scientists decided to implement the project of the so-called space elevator. The authors of the idea promise that the complex will make space flights much more environmentally friendly and a third cheaper.
Canadian Aerospace Company Thoth Technology patented the right to create the first inflatable space elevator in the history of mankind. If the Canadians succeed in realizing their idea, then the constructed space elevator may become the first operating device of this kind. The name of the elevator is Thothx. According to preliminary data, construction Thothx will be conducted in the USA. What is the meaning of the new project?
Space flights have been and remain for mankind one of the most promising directions in the development of science and technology. However, modern methods - launching rocket shuttles - are extremely ineffective. Over the entire period of the development of astronautics, scientists have tried to take a variety of steps to improve the efficiency of spacecraft launch. For this, they tried to build spaceports closer to the equator of the planet, in order to use the gravitational force of the Earth itself at the start. They tried to launch rockets from balloons. They even created "space catapults". But all this did not help in any way.
Space elevator concept - the gigantic structure leading from the Earth directly into orbit remains for the most part a fantasy. However, many scientists and engineers are confident that the implementation of such a project and the further use of the elevator for space flights is possible.
The height of Thothx will be 20 km. This may not seem like much of a distance, but it will significantly reduce the cost of delivering the payload into orbit. At the very top of the structure there will be a cosmodrome with two wells for launching rockets, as well as two lanes for shuttles. The constructed structure will be 50 km higher than any cosmodrome on Earth and will save up to 30% of rocket fuel. The elevator structure will consist of inflatable reinforced segments. There are several giant elevators inside the tower.
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