Japanese company Obayashi has announced that they will have a space elevator constructed by 2050. The elevator will reach 96,000 km (60,000 mi) into space and will transport people and cargo to a new space station. It will also serve as a port to transport astronauts to Mars and beyond. Watch the video below to learn more about their concept.
“The construction process consists of deploying the cable and constructing the facilities. It is necessary to analyze the cable dynamics in order to estimate the characteristics of the cable, counter-weight, facilities and climbers, and in order to determine the construction procedures. Parameters for the cable dynamics include tension, displacement and elongation of the cable due to ascending climbers, masses of counter-weight and cable, wind, and fixed loads of facilities. With the help of a computer simulation of the equations of motion, we designed the system and determined the construction process.” ~ Obayashi