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October 8th, 2007

Building Jack's beanstalk

Abstract:
An elevator stretching all the way up beyond 36,000 kms could become a reality this century, if not sooner, according to specialists. It could replace costly launches.

Even while more serious sessions at the International Astronautical Congress 2007 at Hyderabad discussed with concern the problem of space debris and exploitation of space, more audacious technical sessions saw experts take dreams to the heights of reality.

Space Elevator was discussed in all sombreness as experts looked at the progress so far and the hurdles encountered. It should take off in the next 10-12 years said some while others pegged it at a more realistic century!

But all agreed that it was an idea that had to be explored, given the way it can slash costs of space transport from the present $10,000 for a kilo of payload to $100!

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