Monday, February 26, 2007

Beanstalk and Balloon: getting to orbit by hook or by crook

I've been obsessed with the idea of using airships to help get us to orbit for some time, and I see that there are some other people out there with similar ideas.

The basic idea is to use a large floating airship as a basestation for a space elevator, or beanstalk as it is sometimes called.

The following links contain detailed discussion by others of this idea.

Also, check out this site for an interesting take on space station development

1 comment:

Brian Dunbar said...

I hope that this won't deflate your obsession but the current plans for a space elevator don't involve an airship.

What we want to do is use an ocean-going ship for the anchor. This would allow mobility for the ribbon and allow us to get cargo to the ribbonhead easily.

Check us out at

Brian Dunbar