Now you may be very confused about what I am going to talk about in this post. But I will lay it out in Lehman’s terms. Someone is trying to create an elevator to space.
An innovation that may make this possible is a new form of carbon ribbon that’s ultra-flexible and super-strong could become the infrastructure for the first working space elevator. Now my first thought, was “That is Awesome!” Then my second thought was “That is impossible.” Well, maybe not. NASA holds regular competitions to inspire people to come up with materials that would make a space elevator possible, and the team behind the new ribbon material developed it for one of NASA’s competitions. The Times Online reported that,
“A team at Cambridge University has created the world’s strongest ribbon: a cylindrical strand of carbon
that combines lightweight flexibility with incredible strength and has the potential to stretch vast distances.
The development has been seized upon by the space scientists, who believe the technology
could allow astronauts to travel into space via a cable thousands of miles long – a space elevator.”
The development of space elevators has been really coming out of the woodwork as far as material innovation. If this material works, NASA has asked for about roughly 144,00 miles of the material. But, Alan Windle, professor of materials science at Cambridge University says that there is a big difference in what can be made in a lab, and what can industrially be made. He wants to reign in the explosion of excitement and delve deeply into developing the science of the material.
Who knows, maybe one day, the resort that everyone will want to go to will be on the moon, and it will only take a few minutes to get there.