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Megastructures 2 Space Elevator Design Packet by ArtOfSoulburn Megastructures 2 Space Elevator Design Packet by ArtOfSoulburn
A Space Elevator is a system for transporting cargo from a planet surface to orbit without the need for large rockets. It consists of a cable (tether) that extends out from the planet into space. It is anchored to the surface of the planet, and the other end is anchored to a counterweight (possibly a space station or asteroid) positioned past geostationary orbit. The cable would allow for a vehicle, called a climber, to travel from the ground to space and back again, delivering cargo or people into space. The force of gravity vs the force of outward / upward centrifugal force would result in the cable being held up under tension, and stationary over a single position over the planet. Depending on the gravitational pull of the planet the Space Elevator is anchored to, the cable would have to be made of a material that has a very high strength to weight ratio.
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nubeees Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Have you considered doing orbital rings? :D
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. I already did a ring world, but the smaller orbitals are on the list to do in the future.
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nubeees Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
Confusing terminology, sorry!
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_…
Here's what I was referring to.
Alternativly, here's a video discussing them:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMbI6s…
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh sorry. I misread, an orbital is another name for a bishop ring, Banks Orbital or Halo. But you said "orbital Ring", and yes, I have planned an image for that as well.
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hope someday we can build something to this extent. :D
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
We just need carbon nanotubes able to be mass produced.
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It'd be an industrial revolution! :D
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
It would. It would mean ridiculously light aircraft, cars, everything.
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
But not so much that accidents are worse, right?
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so to, in my lifetime preferably :)
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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible structure. :clap:
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Midway!
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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PhanThom-art Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why would it need a counterweight? and wouldn't the counterweight need to be at geostationary altitude? Otherwise it would need constant propulsion to keep from falling behind
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AP246 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017
The counterweight is needed to provide an outward force through 'centrifugal force' to counteract the weight of the tether. The whole thing has 0 weight and floats neutrally where it is.
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nobbe42 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Wow - Cool concept and brilliant model / render!
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks nobbe!
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nobbe42 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
Most welcome!
:)
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Monarchofpoetry Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Just like Jacob's Ladder from Battle Angel Alita
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, that's a good example of a space elevator
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing developed concept!  I think we will see them :)

reminds me a bit to the Umbilical from Sheffield :D
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it. Don't know the reference of the Umbilical, do you have a link?
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to search it, I did a direct translation so probably isn't the original name of it.


edit: found it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heritage…
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ArtOfSoulburn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, the heritage universe. Someone mentioned it to me the other day, and its now on my reading list. Thanks for the extra recommendation!
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take advantage that you can read all in your native tongue, in spanish only the first one
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
 I think this would make a lot more sense on the moon since you wouldn't need to use as many resources to get a cable running from the surface to orbit. On Earth, higher gravity comes into play not to mention the atmosphere itself which may make things slightly difficult. Not that I wouldn't want to see one on Earth. It's just that there's so much debris in orbit that you'd need to build the base on a boat to keep it moving to avoid large pieces of space junk. If they can make it work, then more power to them; the cost of putting cargo in orbit would plummet. 

The first country that builds one of these puppies controls space. Wonder who it's gonna be...
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
Or you make it strong enough to withstand debris. The material we'd probably use is carbon nanotubes, which are the strongest man-made substance on earth, yet they're feather-light.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Good material, but the problem is manufacturing it in large amounts, which is something we can't do on a big scale. In the future as we get better with 3D printing, we can either start mass producing them with large printers here on Earth, or mine carbon-rich asteroids for the material and then assemble it in space, thread by thread. A theory I read was that you start with a singular central thread tossed down to the surface and is gradually added onto by climbers over a period of time so it become thicker. It sounds like a plausible theory. 
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ColonialChrome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
Well, it's not going to be anyone - it's total fantasy. There are a huge number of problems with it that cannot be resolved with improved technology.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Actually, we have the technology to make it; the problem is that we need a lot of it to do it. My guess is we'll see a basic one within a hundred years given the factor of 3D printing technology which by then will certainly be able to produce materials at an atomic level. I mean, quantum computers exist today that will increase exponentially due to Moore's Law. In 2004, it was estimated that a Space Elevator would only cost 20 billion dollars. Assuming the United States was constructing it, which potentially it might due to its location near the Gulf of Mexico, an excellent spot near the equator, it would be a relative drop in the bucket given the annual budget. Countries like mine, Canada, have no chance in hell constructing it due to our location on the globe. 


Fantasy? Not in the slightest. An economic and architectural undertaking? Absolutely. Especially since scientists are in talks to capture asteroids which could potentially be used for anchors. People are seriously talking about this. In 2009, a Seattle design team won nearly 1 million dollars using a 3000 foot cable suspended from a helicopter and were able to create a robotic climber to ascend. This is proof of concept. Now we need to work on refining construction. 

On the moon, this would be easy. No oxidization from any atmosphere so your building materials wouldn't rust, and with lower gravity a tether could be climbed much easier. 

Of all the things I've heard - teleportation, warp drive, brain transfer - a space elevator is the most scientifically plausible thing I've heard of, and as I stated, I expect one to be constructed within the next hundred years, even a basic one that only moved cargo to orbit. 
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ColonialChrome Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
Like I believe I mentioned, it's not technology that makes it impossible, it's raw physics.

You need a counter weight to make it stable, but it needs to be stable before you have the counterweight. It's chickens and eggs.
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prokhorvlg Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"quantum computers exist today that will increase exponentially due to Moore's Law"

What.
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