Don’t Build Space Elevators up, Build “Spacelines” down from the Moon

Interesting Engineering | Sep 13, 2019 at 4:47 PM
  • A pair of astrophysicists from Cambridge University and Columbia University believe the answer to the problem of getting stuff to the Moon cheaply, might be to ‘dangle’ a Spaceline from the Moon rather than invest in space elevators.
  • If achievable, they could dramatically cut the cost in the long run and allow payloads to be carried up the elevator extending from Earth’s surface into orbit.
  • Currently, many payload missions to space require the use of large amounts of propellents to “brute-force” their way into space.