A Personal Nerd Favorite of Mine: the Space ElevatorDecember 5, 2011
I recently read a misleading and misinformed Time article about the space elevator that got me a little steamed.
One thing in particular was the dismissive tone. It was never really considered from an engineering standpoint of an engineer. Certainly it sounds like a pie-in-the-sky idea at first, but when someone does some research they find it’s not as far-fetched as they originally thought. The idea that is costs “kazillion zillions” is entirely fictitious. At least do some research and use real numbers.
Now, things can certainly go overbudget, it happens all the time, but even if it still costs ten times as much, the benefits outweigh the problems significantly.
In a nutshell, any writer should be far more educated on the topic and do some actual fact-checking before writing a terribly misinformed article.
And I fully understand if I sound like a space elevator fanboy, I love the idea and have read a lot of the literature on it, it’s something I get really excited abuot – I’m not quite sure how one wouldn’t. 🙂