In the past couple days that there has been some talks of a ‘space elevator.’ It’s something that scientists and people have mentioned in books and dreamed out about for decades, and now, there is a possibility that it could become a reality. A patent was recently given to a Canadian company so they could design and produce a strategy to launch rockets and other objects into space, according to The Telegraph. The tower would soar, 12.4 miles into the air in what’s known as the Stratosphere (you’d know this if you were a Jimmy Neutron fan).
The company in charge, Thoth Technology, says that astronauts would take the elevator up to the top of the tower to be launched into space. They have to go so high because rockets are very inefficient. The air causes so much resistance that more fuel needs to be used to push up the rockets. Starting off higher in the air allow for a smoother ride out into orbit. The renderings of the tower look like something from a Cartoon Network show or something The Jetsons may have dreamed about.
For space enthusiasts, questions may rise about how they will be able to see a space launch. Have no fear, there is a possibility that this tower could have other functions. Thoth Technologies said in a press release that the tower can also be used for reusable wind energy, communications and tourism. How cool would it be to be 12.2 miles in the air and watch a space launch? It’d be pretty damn cool actually.
There is no expected building or opening date obviously since it is still in the planning process and costs haven’t been determined, but hopefully it will be approved and finished before most of us are grandparents.