In Samara, a space elevator is almost ready

26.03.2004

26.03.2004


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Work on this project is unique for several years. The idea of creating lift, which can be use in space, suggested Holland. On the instructions of the European Space Agency (ESA), Samara Aerospace University scientists have completed the development of a new lander that will deliver the items to the International Space Station. The experiment proposed by the Dutch, has caused an increased interest not only from scientists but by politicians and authorities. The principle of cargo space elevator is simple. The capsule with the correct weight on the earth will come down with a heavy-duty cable, the length of which is 30 km away. Despite its large size, the cable will not weigh more than 6 pounds. Going into the dense layers of the atmosphere, rope burns, and on the capsule will descend through the balloon with a diameter of 2 meters. Today, the results of experiments and various other information is delivered on the ground or reusable cargo "Shuttle" or by the astronauts, the return of which you have to wait a very long time. Space elevator, on which work Samara scientists, is intended to solve this problem. Work on it must be completed by October 2004. And in the end, it is planned to conduct the first test of the new lander. The experiment will take place on the basis of the spaceship "Photon", which is being developed Samara rocket scientists. Director and technical director of the project Michael Krauf sure that the first attempt to use the space elevator will be successful. It can not be called cost-effective. But later, when everything is perfected and rolled, profits will be enormous. By the way, it is expected that in future space elevators could be used to study the surface of other planets. (Full version of press digest is available to members only RBC ).

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