Date of Award
Paul A. Nakroshis
elevator, space, physics, hyperfilament, nanotubes
A space elevator is a hypothetical device consisting of a long cable attached to the surface of the earth that extends upward into space. Its purpose is to provide a tether on which a vehicle could be lifted up into orbit, greatly reducing the cost of space travel. This project explains the physical forces acting on the elevator along with the kinds of materials required to keep such a cable intact. It also examines different design aspects, as well as potential problems facing the construction and usage of the elevator, and whether or not it is something we should expect to see in the future.
Hamer, Trevor, "The Physics of a Space Elevator" (2014). Thinking Matters. 10.