A new lunar-elevator to transport robots, people, and supplies to the Moon is currently in development by The LiftPort Group, a private company led by CEO and former NASA researcher, Michael Laine.
The idea is different from other space-elevators in that it will be built on the Moon and not on the Earth. This is beneficial as the lack of gravity and harsh atmosphere means that more readily available and cheaper materials could be used in construction.
Spacecraft would launch from Earth, dock on the elevator platform, and take the rest of the journey via the transport pod. This reduces costs tremendously by eliminating the fuel needed to land and the take off from the Moon’s surface.
“The space elevator, scientists say, will help people build manned bases on the Earth’s natural satellite and organize the extraction of helium-3 there – a raw material that will solve global problems of the shortage of energy resources…” – EnergySafe
The company has a Kickstarter campaign they started in order to raise funds and awareness. The first step is to build a 2 kilometer test elevator that will be suspended by balloons. If that test is successful, and everything goes according to plan, construction will begin in 2020.
I am beginning to believe that society is becoming excited by space again. Despite the discontinuation of the space-shuttle program, NASA has persevered, and is keeping busy trying to build a warp drive.
Meanwhile, private companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are making a massive impact on the future of spaceflight and inter-planetary travel that even many countries cannot compete with.
- UK Scientists’ Plan to Put Humans on Mars (Wonderfanatic.wordpress.com)