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Posted by: Andy Hill - Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:47 am
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Post Re: Space Elevator games   Posted on: Thu May 24, 2012 8:00 pm
Lourens wrote:
Good point. Still, we'd have to engineer some kind of organism that makes DNA, or any other suitable molecule, and secretes it somehow onto the cable in such a way that it reinforces it.



I thought carbon nanotubes have been calculated to be strong enough if they could be made long enough and sufficient quality and quantity.

http://inhabitat.com/carbon-nanotubes-c ... -elevator/

tho quality is a big issue

http://www.space.com/2456-nanotubes-stuff.html

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Post Re: Space Elevator games   Posted on: Fri May 25, 2012 1:42 pm
I do think the cable will need to be either constantly growing at one end and eaten at the other, or little robots might need to go up and down constantly eating and remaking it, or possibly both.

The cable will also need to have tweaked characteristics along the whole length because of different enviroments. The lenght of exposure to sunlight compared to shade, radiation levels, being exposed to different parts of the atmosphere etc.

Getting a strong enough fibre is probably not enough to make the cable, it is barely the start. :)

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