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Space Tethers and Space Elevators

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This detailed account of the possibilities of tethers in space, from very practical applications to (near) science fiction, gives an overview of the past, present and future of space tether development and presents the various concepts, ranging from those feasible in the near future to extremely innovative and challenging ideas. It shows how space tethers have already been ...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Copernicus Books (first published 2009)
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Melissa S.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: space exploration enthusiasts; science fiction writers
I read this book 3 or 4 years ago: one of the earliest entries in my now-expanding library on space elevators & related technologies. This was the book clued me in that space elevators (see the Wikipedia article) are (or will be) really just a special case of tethers: really really long "ropes" of carbon nanotubes with one end anchored to the Earth, & the other end swinging out there in outer space with a space station or somesuch attached to it, like a great damn huge tetherball making ...more
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Not bad, but a little dry. Large focus on tethers, less so on elevators. Covers the ground (no pun intended) fairly well, though one section had a total inability to convert between miles and kilometres.
Robert Sawyer
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
As an overall brief of low cost alternatives to allow efficient access to space,.. it does well.

Yet, even since that time... NASA has shown that the Van Allen radiation belts are more dynamic than first assumed... 8)
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