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The proposed Space Cable is a track in the sky reaching up to 140 km. It is a development of Keith Lofstrom's Launch Loop with greater flexibility.

Use this web site to explore the ideas and possibilities. There are technical details on how it can work with existing materials and techniques put together in novel ways.


Space Tourism
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Tourists can climb it slowly to enjoy spectacular views of the earth and space. The ride resembles that in a cable car or gondola.

Communications and Science
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It is possible to place an astronomical observatory on it to get capabilities like the Hubble telescope but with easy access for servicing and upgrades.

Gateway to the Planets
and Beyond



A large version can launch a manned spacecraft directly to orbit. Smaller versions can replace a first-stage rocket. Combined with an electric gun, it can launch unmanned craft into interplanetary space.

Technology
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Magnetic levitation and linear induction motors are already in use in trains. The popular material Kevlar is strong enough for structural support.

Engineering Challenges
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Theoretical calculations show that the structure can be made stable in strong winds. This needs to be tested. There is built-in fail-safe redundancy, but there are still questions about safety.

Prospects, Economics
and the Environment



It can generate large amounts of electric power by holding solar panels above the clouds. It can boost ramjets or scramjets. A small version is suitable for rescue from tall buildings.