Japanese Scientists watches too much Gundam 00

Japanese scientists are so hyped up on the possibilities of building a real life space elevator that in just two months time the country is playing host to a conference designed to set a production timetable. Carbon nanotube technology has advanced so rapidly that a material capable of withstanding the amazing forces in the space elevator cable is almost within reach: according to the chairman of the Japan Space Elevator Association it’d only need to be four times stronger than the current strongest nanotube rope.

The potential benefits of accessing space by crawling up a cable versus launching rockets are mind boggling…especially when you realize it could be 100 times cheaper to get there than using a Space Shuttle. But building a more than 36,000km-long carbon rope (or more likely a series of parallel ropes) to connect an Earth-based “launch pad” with a geostationary-orbiting elevator hub still seems a lot like science fiction. Yet it turns out that development of carbon nanotube technology has seen a more than 100 times increase in the fiber strength in the last five years: four times more strength certainly seems possible.

The Space Elevator Association’s director also thinks technology similar to the Bullet train’s could be used to build the elevator cars, since nanotubes can be used as electrical conductors.  [Timesonline]
Picture: HighLift Systems.

To japanese: your tax dollars at work sending space shuttles for no particular purpose. Build me a gundam please.

7 Responses to “Japanese Scientists watches too much Gundam 00”

  1. 1 7
    23 September 2008 at 7:55 am

    ROFL! Wow, this is the best news I’ve heard for today. But the problem lies not on the structure of the elevator. The problem is the energy source of powering the elevator itself. Not that long ago, there was a competition on who could make a small makeshift elevator go the highest. I think nobody won. Strong winds at high altitudes are bad for elevators.

  2. 23 September 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Well, I did mention this in my old post though I conveyed it implicitly. Anyways, the whole story is here on Wikipedia. And that would make more than just Japanese scientist into this job.

  3. 3 flam
    23 November 2008 at 5:15 am

    I am flam ,from jerusalem ,i had dream you guys trying to make it real ,but guys i have real maps and machines ways to build your gundam if you want guys to help me giving it to you call me at :- flamingeagle_1987@yahoo.com or flamingeagle1987@gmail.com and thanks i hope you send me mail or at least chat me😉

  4. 24 November 2008 at 4:25 am

    lol, wtf?! seriously dude? you wanna build a gundam? for real?

  5. 5 mike
    20 July 2010 at 11:50 am

    lol i love the Japanese always thinking outside the box watching to much scifi channel but if they can do it i would pay to help i mean dam its worth it lets face the facts ***WHAT CANT THE JAPANESE DO*** just a matter of time good luck.. PS giant robots = great future and happy face for me just have it done before i die god dammit oopps i mean ala dammit..

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