Space tourists have already bought vouchers from Roscosmos for millions of dollars, which means that interplanetary travel ceased to be only a figment of the imagination of science fiction writers. Mankind has realized at last that the earth’s resources ischerpaemy, and set his sights on the conquest of the territories on a much larger scale and very different properties. There will be dozens or hundreds of years, and prepapre…our great grandchildren, perhaps when meeting have to introduce myself, “Hey, Hey, I’m from Earth. We got such a strong gravitational field, and there’s somehow easier to breathe”.
Interesting development in this area is the space Elevator, which will allow you to run in a cargo space without using rocket equipment. For the first time this thought Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and in the twenty-first century NASA is already funding the development of this project. In the future it will be cheaper than building the missiles the media.
In fact, it must be a cable anchored to the Earth’s surface on a moving vessel at one end and the other adjacent to the space station, fixed stationary relatively to the planet. Space Elevator should end above the geostationary orbit that is above all existing satellites and stations. In the dreams of developers, it actually stretches to the moon, or to Mars, allowing them to smuggle goods between them using centrifugal force, it is possible just when dostatochnogo distance because of the Earth’s gravity load to overcome. While the plans of the developers only crossing equipment necessary to conquer planets that are on the other end of the space Elevator, but who knows to what truths desnuda the conquerors of space in the near future? Quite possibly, the end of the third Millennium to be transported to another planet for humans will be as commonplace as it is for you a trip on a river boat.
It is necessary that the rope by which a space Elevator will move, was very resistant to breakage, but the material from which it is made must have a very low density. The combination of strength and low density is a difficult task for any material that exists on Earth, but the genius engineering in Japan insist on the development of ultra-light carbon nanotubes that meet these requirements. The problem is that the technology of weaving of such tubes is in its infancy, but nevertheless, with the proper financing and effort it is feasible.
At this stage of development, technology and transport all this sounds like ridiculous fantasy, but the existence of a “Space Elevator Games” – competition for engineers with a fucking big prize pool of $ 4 million proved obstinate and stubborn mankind sometime will launch cargo to another planet, without bothering with building missiles. Coming construction of interplanetary transport routes, and someday human civilization will reveal it to the world.