Space Elevator Research and Testing

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My Concept

(references pending)

The potential tether is akin to a very long wire from the Earth to GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit). This comparison is even more appropriate when we consider that the current candidate material - Carbon Nanotubes - is conducting. There is a potential difference between Earth and Space due to the electromagnetic field of the Earth and the activity of space weather. This is one of the reasons that we see aurora in northern latitudes. The aurora is made up of a highly charged plasma that exists due to the large electrical circuits the flow between Earth and Space.

A tether could act as a wire in a possible circuit between Earth and Space to provide power for the lifter. However the charge could also be used to strengthen the tether material and even dynamically adjust it's strength and behaviour because some materials respond to being charged.

Many materials are geometric in their makeup. Materials are dependent on the frequency arrangement at the atomic and subatomic levels. A material arranged at Golden Mean proportions would allow optimal handling of large electrical charges and the most efficient internal strengthening of tether material. Possible dynamic properties could be built in that allow the material to strengthen itself at weak or fatigued points where electrical conductivity is altered. Or to respond favourably to accident or trauma applied to the tether. The tether could possibly be designed to become brittle if a load from centrifugal force is no longer applied - this would likely occur at a catastrophic failure when it would be required that the tether break up as safely as possible.

These ideas are based on my knowledge of natural Golden Mean based materials as studied @ ... for example DNA twists tighter under the stressor of anger. This is suspected strengthening due to golden mean double spiral arrangement of DNA under the stretching strain of anger ... could there be a geometric clue here to tether material design ?

1. A. Bolonkin, “Optimal Electrostatic Space Tower (Mast, New Space Elevator)” Arxiv preprint physics/0701093 (2007).

2. S.A. Ambartsumian, M.V. Belubekyan, and K.B. Ghazaryan, “Stability of superconducting cable used for transportation of electrical current from space,” Acta Astronautica 66, no. 3-4 (2010): 563 - 566.

(Confirming science references pending)

Science Literature

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