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The physics behind the space elevator as see on the TV show, Limitless, and can it really get us into space?

The physics behind the space elevator as see on the TV show, Limitless, and can it really get us into space?

Modern life looks a lot like the dreams of the past. So we asked today's best sci-fi minds what they dream about. From artist Dave Seeley: “Since 1895, scientists have theorized about building orbital elevators, structures that overcome the enormous energy cost of using rockets to escape Earth’s gravity. Recent developments in lightweight, high-strength materials may eliminate the 'roadblock' to viable space commerce.”

Modern life looks a lot like the dreams of the past. So we asked today's best sci-fi minds what they dream about. From artist Dave Seeley: “Since 1895, scientists have theorized about building orbital elevators, structures that overcome the enormous energy cost of using rockets to escape Earth’s gravity. Recent developments in lightweight, high-strength materials may eliminate the 'roadblock' to viable space commerce.”

NASA offers prize for 'space elevator' / Beams of light could propel cargo, humans - SFGate

NASA offers prize for 'space elevator' / Beams of light could propel cargo, humans - SFGate

With carbon nanotubes, it will be possible.  Anchor it in the Long Island Sound, right?

With carbon nanotubes, it will be possible. Anchor it in the Long Island Sound, right?

Space Elevator Advocates Take Lofty Look at Innovative Concepts by Leonard David, SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist   |   9/22/14 See how the International Space Elevator Consortium is working to advance space-elevator tech and science to make the future now.

Space Elevator Advocates Take Lofty Look at Innovative Concepts by Leonard David, SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist | 9/22/14 See how the International Space Elevator Consortium is working to advance space-elevator tech and science to make the future now.

Reference point for Wooden Skyscraper building material. Note: The online article via Curbed.com lacks the technical detail and sourcing of the print piece Popular Science. (This material is actually 15% less expensive than comparable strength steel and concrete as well as being better than carbon neutral. i.e. actually cleans smog from atmosphere.) #FollowUp

Reference point for Wooden Skyscraper building material. Note: The online article via Curbed.com lacks the technical detail and sourcing of the print piece Popular Science. (This material is actually 15% less expensive than comparable strength steel and concrete as well as being better than carbon neutral. i.e. actually cleans smog from atmosphere.) #FollowUp

Simulations show that just a single out-of-place atom is enough to ruin the famed strength of carbon nanotubes, so using them to build a space elevator seems unlikely

Simulations show that just a single out-of-place atom is enough to ruin the famed strength of carbon nanotubes, so using them to build a space elevator seems unlikely

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