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Space elevators, a curious crowdfunding project

Space elevators, a curious crowdfunding project

One of the topics that attract attention is undoubtedly the space exploration and, indeed, all the attention around the arrival of the Mars Curiosity is proof of that (and thanks to this successful NASA wants to continue their missions on the Red Planet). Aside from the major space agencies, occasionally arise quite unique projects (and some titanic) that seek to achieve great feats in the field of from the private building ships , colonizing Mars or building a space elevator . In addition to a Japanese company has announced its intentions to build one, Michael Laine , a former NASA employee has decided to address the construction of an Elevator on the moon and, as we can see, the Kickstarter campaign is doing quite well .

Michael Laine was working at NASA for 11 years within a research team which already began to glimpse the possibilities of building an elevator that could replace in the future, the use of rockets. After 11 years, Laine left the U.S. space agency and continued his work in the private sector (LiftPort Group founded the company in 2001 and ending in 2007 breaking).

Five years later, like a phoenix rising from its ashes, Laine has decided to revive the company LiftPort , now that the private sector begins to have a significant position in space exploration, and becomes ready to start building an elevator but instead of siting it on Earth, would be built on the moon (which would be somewhat easier thanks to the low gravity). With this idea, Laine opened a project on Kickstarter crowdfunding to see if you inject some capital and setting a $8,000 initial altitude, started a project that has already captured over 1,200 contributions amassing a figure of just over $38,000 (although a draft has budgeted $3 million)

This researcher hopes to achieve tangible results in about 8 years with the idea of perfecting the technology making the first few robots may rise towers, summon the elevators on the moon and, perhaps, that they serve as a basis to build one on Earth . In fact, the initial work of Laine looked at the earth as home and began working with designs based on carbon nanotubes (the same database you want to use the Japanese company Obayashi Corporation).

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And why deploy a lift on the Moon? The objective is to facilitate the deployment of space missions since the ships would only have to transport equipment or personnel to “halfway” and, from there, everything would be transported in the lift as the first step of more complex structures.

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