TOKYO (TRP) – It’s an idea I’ve had since… like, forever: A high-tech elevator that would shoot passengers into space, delivering them to a station for the best weekend ever.
Well now the crazy – yet super cool – concept may actually come to pass as a Tokyo-based company is now reportedly in talks to develop the structure.
Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, which first reported the news Wednesday, confirmed that Obayashi Corp. plans to build the ambitious operational space elevator by 2050.
According to Space.com:
“The device would carry passengers skyward at about 124 mph (200 kph), delivering them to a station 22,000 miles (kilometers) above Earth in a little more than a week. In Obayashi’s vision, a cable would be stretched from a spaceport on Earth’s surface up to an altitude of 60,000 miles (96,000 km), or about one-quarter of the distance between our planet and the moon. A counterweight at its end would help “anchor” the cable in space.”