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A space necklace about the earthA space elevator is forecasted for the first quarter of the 21st century, that will consist of a cable attached at the earth's equator, suspended in space by an artificial satellite in geosynchronous orbit. It is stated that such a transport system will supplement rockets as the railway supplements aircraft. Specific aspects of the system are examined, including provisions for artificial gravity, the development special composite construction materials exhibiting high strength and low mass, and spacecraft launching from the elevator.
Document ID
19780010146
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Polyakov, G.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1977
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TM-75174
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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