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Old March 10th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #21
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Not a building, but a structure at least - the Space Elevator would be thousands of miles high:


rich countries can build these though.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 03:33 AM   #22
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I think the subject has been adverted somewhat...
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Old March 11th, 2007, 03:36 AM   #23
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Hmm, that could actually work. My only concern is that it could get rippd away from the Earth, or maybe even tilt as it orbits too fast.

But it's a very interesting concept.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 06:38 AM   #24
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megatower...why would it burn up in the atmosphere? the only reason things burn up in the atmosphere is becasue they are being pulled in by gravity so fast.

and yes, according to the picture, the structre is located just off the island of sulawesi, indonesia, in the water, exactly on the equator. if it has to be near the equator, it should either be built in florida, or northern australia. but if it has to be built exactly on the equator, i guess indonesia will do. lol

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Old March 11th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #25
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you just answered your own question, gravity
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Old March 11th, 2007, 07:07 AM   #26
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Will you be able to enter a soace ship from that thing it can be like a dock?!
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Old March 11th, 2007, 12:40 PM   #27
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the picture clearly shows it's in Indonesia though
oops.. i did not turn my head to see that pic.
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Old March 11th, 2007, 01:01 PM   #28
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hahaha that thing is huge
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Old March 11th, 2007, 01:07 PM   #29
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Based on the map, that looks like the area hit by earthquake last year.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 12:08 AM   #30
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this couldnt be built due to a number of reasons

the most serious is that there is a layer of radiation around the earth that you need to move through quickly otherwise you die, so they would need to move you at great speed against gravity

space is full of flying debris

gravity

materials and cost would excede the cost of flights / transport

the need for it???????

but it is cool
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Old March 12th, 2007, 12:28 AM   #31
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this would burn up in the atmosphere
* cough * things only burn up in the atmosphere due to object hitting molecules at an extremely high speed, so unless your planning to build the 40km within 10 seconds it wont be a problem
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Old March 13th, 2007, 03:54 PM   #32
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it would snap before it got into zero gravity, it would have to be miles thick too.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #33
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this would burn up in the atmosphere
get a grip man, the atmosphere isnt a furnace, you gotta be moving in it really fast for friction to create the heat...
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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:48 PM   #34
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it would snap before it got into zero gravity, it would have to be miles thick too.
Not if they constructed it from carbon nanotubes.


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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:50 PM   #35
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But what about the moon, it can rip it with its own gravity.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:33 AM   #36
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Err... no offence, but the architects and engineers who design these things are not stupid. They know better than any of us when it comes to the mechanics of such a structure.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:37 AM   #37
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Its not gonna be entirely rigid that it would snap (with gravity, of all things >.>) C'mon, you guys are supposed to be skyscraper fans, you know that not even skyscrapers are entirely rigid.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:41 AM   #38
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this would burn up in the atmosphere
No it wont. The reason things burn up when going through the atmoshpere is because its going through the air at very high speed which causes friction. Things dont just catch on fire when they go through the armosphere .
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Old March 15th, 2007, 08:29 PM   #39
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i'm not sure..could it be reality? it's a non-reasonable chance.
I Wikipedia, I theres alot info about it.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 03:49 AM   #40
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the need for it???????
Yes there is. How much does it cost to transport something into space? Of course this thing would be expensive but think how much it'd actually save in the long run.

The biggest problem I think is space junk.
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