Space Elevator > What
is the Space Elevator?
A space elevator is a revolutionary
concept of getting from Earth into space, a
ribbon with one end attached to Earth on a floating
platform located at the equator and the other
end in space beyond geosynchronous orbit (35,800
The space elevator would ferry
satellites, spaceships, and pieces of space
stations into space using electric lifts clamped
to the ribbon, serving as a means for commerce,
scientific advancement, and exploration.
The discovery of carbon nanotubes
and the ongoing development to implement them
into a composite is the key to space elevator
viability being achieved in the coming years.
ISR is researching a space elevator
capable of lifting 5-ton payloads every day
to all Earth orbits, the Moon, Mars, Venus or
the asteroids. The first space elevator would
reduce lift costs immediately. Additional and
larger elevators, built utilizing the first
one, would allow large-scale manned and commercial
activities in space and reduce lift costs even