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Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’

Company Awarded Patent For ‘Space Elevator’


The space game is hot and only the strongest are going to survive. One Canadian company feels like its in a good spot to succeed, having just been awarded the patent for a “space elevator.”

Back to the how’s and what’s in a second…the company, Thoth Technology, took an aggressive shot at Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the process of announcing the news by way of its CEO, Caroline Roberts:

Landing on a barge at sea level is a great demonstration, but landing at 12 miles above sea level will make space flight more like taking a passenger jet.

Damn, son.

Of course, Roberts is referring to SpaceX’s tinkering with landing rockets so they can be used again. Reusable rockets would be a killer breakthrough and a moneymaker for Musk’s crew. In reality, SpaceX and Thoth could easily work together.

The idea of a space elevator isn’t new, with reports surfacing that Google was even working on its own headed up by Astro Teller and the X group.

If this thing ever gets built, the company proposes that people could be lifted about 12 miles above Earth. Would be a pretty cool joyride, too, no?

In addition to taking the elevator for funsies, large equipment could theoretically be pushed up to space at a much lower cost. Having a patent is one thing; actually building it is another. Give me a buzz when I can buy my ticket to space.

Source : http://techcrunch.com


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