Feeling too fancy for normal earth-bound existence? A new skyscraper concept would elevate your living situation — literally.
on 1/04/2017 9:28pm
So quite apart from the physics involved with building something like this, I can think of at least three issues that they are going to have with this…
1) Geosynchronous orbit. While it is theoretically possible for something like this to be built, it would need to be in GEOSTATIONARY not Geo-synchronous orbit. The reason for this is that the tower would be something in the order of tens of thousands of kilometres long. Thus, while the asteroid or orbital base point might move only a mile or so, the end inside the atmosphere might move several hundred kilometres in the course of a few minutes. This would set up resonance waves in the structure, which would put it under even more pressure.
2) Weather. Quite apart from the issues in the point mentioned above, major storms tend to develop high in the planets atmosphere. These include major electrical, and freezing events, not to mention magnetic storms caused by the sun’s radiation. Such a tower would have to be insulated/protected against the effects of these storms, not to mention the effects that high winds would have acting on the structure at altitude. Again the tower would have to be strengthened almost beyond economic viability to deal with the effects of spending significant time dealing with these effects.
3) Oxygen. Then there is the whole issue of containing and maintaining a breathable atmosphere within the structure. Since anything above 8000 metres (26000 feet) Above Mean Sea Level is invariably fatal to humans, (unless they have life support available, such as oxygen cylinders, or as in the case of international flight, where the aircraft is pressurised to a lower altitude generally around 8000 feet), such an atmosphere would almost have to be produced within the structure itself. That’s a whole different kettle of fish and problems…
4) Orbit again. Once the structure is placed in orbit, it would need some form of station keeping device to keep it where it needed to be. As we would be talking about something with a gross mass of millions of tonnes, not pounds, this would have to be quite something in itself. And yes it would be required, as no orbit (apart from those in a laboratory) is truly static or perfectly spherical or unaffected by external influences such as other planetary motions or even the motion and effects of other orbital bodies. Not to mention the effects of other satellites in lower faster orbits….or are they going to have some form of laser defence system to remove threats from the path of this tower…?
Now I am not any sort of scientist or physicist. In fact most of my points from the above have come from my sci-fi habit. But it seems to me that once again someone who knows absolutely NOTHING about the issues affecting such a design is coming up with wild and speculative designs…and the media is publishing it as being possible. I wish people would actually think about this sort of thing before they go an publish it on the internet, and people who know less about the subject get hold of it and tout it as fact/possible.
Rant over…for the moment.
on 30/03/2017 4:42am
damnation, should of read Fantastic!
on 30/03/2017 4:40am
A modern day Prison would be great, freedom in space for lowlife not fit for this world.