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Space Tethers and Space Elevators
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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Jan 05, 2013 Melissa S. 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