In February 2012, National Geographic Magazine published an article about the space elevator.

The climber looks very similar to my own (fanciful) design for a space elevator climber from Summer 2010.


Great minds think alike; or maybe really misguided ones, anhow. 

In reality, I based my own climber design on Bradley C. Edwards research publications, which is probably the same source as the artist who made the illustration.  My design is much cooler though, because I also referenced my 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse and some japanese motorcycle engines, and some stuff from the Dune novels.  We'll see if the chinese ever catch up with me.






posted by dmal @ 3rd May 2012, 12:32 PM

Faster Than Light

If neutrinos can do it, so can we! 

One team of scientists at CERN have had bad results for over 3 years, now.

Results that are bad, crazy, troubling, curious, timultuous, questionable, confrontational, and maybe wrong.

Or maybe right.

They've been clocking neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light.

For 3 years, now.

And, not just within the miles long synchrotron tubes, nope;

at a 1500 kilometer distane, those irrascable neutrinos have been arriving too damn early.


Read more here:

posted by dmal @ 23rd Sep 2011, 8:49 AM

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posted by dmal @ 29th Aug 2011, 11:24 AM

Protoplanet Visit by Probe Dawn

NASA's Dawn probe—launched on September 27, 2007—is the first space mission to Vesta. It will orbit the asteroid for one year, from July 2011 until July 2012.[44] This will coincide with the southern summer of Vesta, so the large crater at the south pole will be in sunlight; since a season on Vesta lasts eleven months, much of the northern hemisphere will become visible to Dawn's cameras by the time it leaves orbit.[45] Dawn will then proceed to its other target, Ceres, and will possibly continue to explore the asteroid belt on an extended mission using any remaining fuel. The spacecraft is the first that can enter and leave orbit around more than one body as a result of its weight-efficient ion-driven engines.[46] Once Dawn arrives at Vesta, scientists will be able to calculate Vesta's precise mass based on gravitational interactions. This will allow scientists to refine the mass estimates of the asteroids that are in turn perturbed by Vesta.[46]

Vesta, formal designation 4 Vesta, is an asteroid that is thought to be a remnant protoplanet with a differentiated interior[10][11] and a mean diameter of about 530 km.[1] Comprising an estimated 9% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt,[12] it is the second-most-massive object in the belt after the dwarf planet Ceres. It was discovered by the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on March 29, 1807,[1] and named after the Roman virgin goddess of home and hearth, Vesta.

Watch a video of a simulation of the visit here:

posted by dmal @ 8th Apr 2011, 6:06 AM

heavy rockets

According to the white papers I have read, the material for the space elevators will be launched using heavy apollo style rockets.
The space shuttle is of course, now retired.
NASA is outsourcing the development of the space elevator technologies.
Who will build and launch the rockets?

SpaceX has plans to fill the gap left by the retired space shuttle program, by using "humungus" rockets.

It is possible that NASA might start contracting SpaceX for the launching of the space elevator construction materials, namely spools of carbon-nanotube fiber ribbon.

Checkout this article about SpaceX's plans to launch heavy rockets to supply the space stations.  Good picture in the article



posted by dmal @ 6th Apr 2011, 12:11 PM