The Stuff Space Elevators Are Made Of?

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Maybe I was early in mocking the space elevator?

From Wired.com

Two University of Manchester scientists were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for their pioneering research on graphene, a one-atom-thick film of carbon whose strength, flexibility and electrical conductivity have opened up new horizons for pure physics research as well as high-tech applications.

Nobel winner Andre Geim said in New Scientist. “Graphene is stronger and stiffer than diamond, yet can be stretched by a quarter of its length, like rubber. Its surface area is the largest known for its weight.”

I’m not sure how a stretchy yet stiff space elevator would work, but if it can be made economically, it has a chance.

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  1. […] if not chemical rockets, then what?  Graphene space elevators?  Rand holds out hope for competition and economies of scale and it’s true […]

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