Space Elevator – Science Fiction or the Future of Mankind?

  • Published: 08 April 2016
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    So. Space elevators. Are they are thing that we should talk about?

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    • A A
      A A  3 days back

      I dare all the girls to take cool whip pies to the face and put the video on youtube!!

    • Carmen Dublin
      Carmen Dublin  3 weeks back

      Why star war why not halo.

    • Carmen Dublin
      Carmen Dublin  3 weeks back

      Earth is under water not in space and earth is flat.

    • svenm sandity
      svenm sandity  3 months back

      @[AIMS] :Ignited: Thats retarded most comments dont get any likes videos get likes

    • [AIMS] :Ignited:
      [AIMS] :Ignited:  3 months back

      I like how this doesn’t even have 100 likes Xd

  • Ian Lairmore
    Ian Lairmore  3 hours back

    antering hyperspace

    • Archer :p
      Archer :p  13 hours back

      *shows Vulcan and Jakku*
      Me: Wait that’s illegal.

      • James Bernald
        James Bernald  18 hours back

        Imagine getting stuck in a space elevator is space dang I was afraid when a normal elevator I was in broke

        • Gian_ 25302
          Gian_ 25302  2 days back

          1 million years later

          Mom: come on get in the space bus you need to go to Pluto for school

          • Jason & Chubs
            Jason & Chubs  3 days back

            That was an ugly ass Yoda. I still liked the vid tho

            • Matthew T
              Matthew T  3 days back

              Shouldnt the intro be at the VERY start of the vid?

              • Jordan Hicks
                Jordan Hicks  4 days back

                IS NO ONE GONNA TALK ABOUT HOW HE ASKED “wanna get high?” at the start of the video

                • KrOWD
                  KrOWD  4 days back

                  NASA:finally we've built the first space elevator.
                  Terrorist:im about to end this man whole carrier

                  • David Price
                    David Price  4 days back

                    Yeah.. No.

                    • Kyle Mccalip
                      Kyle Mccalip  5 days back

                      I'm real y'all!

                      • Kyle Mccalip
                        Kyle Mccalip  5 days back

                        Whoops. Never mind. I seem to be an imagination of my figments.

                    • TommyTarkov
                      TommyTarkov  6 days back

                      echt cool gemacht leute! ihr macht das toll!
                      hab schon 5 oder so folgen gesehen xD

                      • WMD catalyst
                        WMD catalyst  7 days back

                        Ace combat 7 space elevator

                        • Mr. 2 minutes
                          Mr. 2 minutes  7 days back

                          is it not gonna slow down the earth rotation?

                          • itsfrisk
                            itsfrisk  1 weeks back

                            Who misses this intro

                            • Rothpol X
                              Rothpol X  1 weeks back

                              "1 million tons . . . close to the weight of two International Space Stations"
                              WHOA WHOA WHOA
                              Guys, the ISS only weighs ~500 tons, not 500,000 tons! One million tons would get you two THOUSAND International-Space-Stations-worth of material into orbit.
                              I think someone looked up the mass of the ISS and read kg as tons, or something. That is a huge error, off by three orders of magnitude.

                              • Alfonso González
                                Alfonso González  1 weeks back

                                All of this sounds amazing, but how can we spend so much money in something like this while people are dying of hunger...

                                • Kevin Kenealy
                                  Kevin Kenealy  3 days back

                                  America: hell yeah I'll send $40 b to build an elevator to space!
                                  The rest of the world: but there are children in Africa dieing.
                                  America: elevator it is then

                              • SquirtlePWN
                                SquirtlePWN  1 weeks back

                                A 2,000 km low orbit elevator is far more practical to build than a 36,000 km high Earth orbit one. You still get stuff to space with significantly less energy than today only it doesn't take more than a day to ascend. It's also far more practical for launching satellites which would be the primary commercial purpose for and elevator.

                                • Corrado Orazi
                                  Corrado Orazi  1 weeks back

                                  A bridge from Earth to the Moon ... a Bridge towards the Stars ... a Stargate for Tess !!! ...

                                  • Ian Lairmore
                                    Ian Lairmore  1 weeks back

                                    all dem star wars

                                    • GARVIT SRIVASTAVA
                                      GARVIT SRIVASTAVA  1 weeks back

                                      Kami's lookout

                                      • Dom
                                        Dom  1 weeks back

                                        Ummmm science says we may be doing it sometime soon

                                        • sergent chris
                                          sergent chris  2 weeks back

                                          wow this chanel REALLY loves starwars

                                          • HGgame
                                            HGgame  2 weeks back

                                            W A N N A G E T H I G H?

                                            • Assej Santos
                                              Assej Santos  2 weeks back

                                              The thumbnail looks like a X-wing in starwars

                                              • Devin Robinson
                                                Devin Robinson  2 weeks back

                                                Godzilla destroys ground tether, Gamera destroys space tether. “Please use stairs!

                                                • Von Sakamoto
                                                  Von Sakamoto  2 weeks back

                                                  No i don't wanna get high

                                                  • MyNameIsSuper Elaborate

                                                    That poor scv, has to work overtime.

                                                    • Gordon Sherriff-Smith
                                                      Gordon Sherriff-Smith  2 weeks back

                                                      I am so glad i am 5 years old because i can understand this video. But i couldn't go past 1:90 because it is so nauseating.

                                                      • Fennekin Silver
                                                        Fennekin Silver  3 weeks back

                                                        the first space elevator: coming to Disney winter 2019.

                                                        • B. Lonewolf
                                                          B. Lonewolf  3 weeks back

                                                          I'm just laughing at the idea of Kevlar being "flimsy", haha! I mean, it's not wrong, considering the structural needs of a space elevator; it only makes sense that a substance would be strong or flimsy relative to the engineering application, but it is still rather odd just hearing it.

                                                          • TheRescueOfTheBride
                                                            TheRescueOfTheBride  3 weeks back


                                                            A space elevator assumes a rotating Earth.

                                                            • Salman Khawaja
                                                              Salman Khawaja  3 weeks back

                                                              My question is why you put a whale in the space ? Just whyyy ???

                                                              • Gabriel Macêdo
                                                                Gabriel Macêdo  3 weeks back

                                                                Came here after watching Ad Astra.

                                                                • impreza0109
                                                                  impreza0109  3 weeks back

                                                                  I kinda find it sad that no one referenced Gundam 00's space elevators.

                                                                  They are nearly the same space elevators the video described, but also equipped with solar panels that provide energy to Earth below without using nukes.

                                                                  • Shaila Kafi Khan 7V Dansborgskolen

                                                                    *click button for elevator* "Sorry elevator in use wait a few days"

                                                                    • ravens beast
                                                                      ravens beast  4 weeks back

                                                                      WANNA GET HIGH?

                                                                      • Dan Rickard
                                                                        Dan Rickard  4 weeks back

                                                                        I'm still holding out for Skylon style space planes with VTOL capability powered by on board nuclear fusion.

                                                                        But then, I watch too much TV and am not a physicist.

                                                                        • emery
                                                                          emery  4 weeks back

                                                                          Very nice...however there are a few problems:
                                                                          #1- lateral acceleration components introduced by upward motion (Coriolis force) can only be supplied by a bent cord. This limits the elevators upward maximum velocity. Best estimates are a minimum of 6 days transition time, could be as high as a month even. For the supposedly largest man made structure, this is supremely inefficient. Rockets accomplish the same in about 5 hours. This will severely limit mankind's ability to to transfer cargo at realistic rates. The idea that a single incredibly large elevator of very limited weight capacity and very long transition time can be considered economic in any larger space based construction project, is laughable. Crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat comes to mind.
                                                                          #2- Winds and storms will drift the elevator and the cord in an unpredictable way, we are talking about in the order of kilometers. The only way to counter act this tendency is to greatly increase the cord tension which seems to be out of question since no chord is in existence today that can even support its own weight. The implications of a marginally visible cord wondering about the atmosphere not necessarily matching the likely different wind speeds at different altitudes, is an incredible safety concern to aviation.
                                                                          #3- Graphene is highly conductive. Magnetic field changes associated with solar events could effect the cord via induction. These effects need to be studied and experimented on.They could be highly destructive. After all they can destroy power lines here on Earth.
                                                                          #4-The cord is extremely long. In the order of thirty thousand kilometers. Its cross sectional area is therefore perhaps hundreds of thousand times greater than that of a space capsule housing humans. Likewise the likeliness of collisions with space junk and meteorites would increase in the same proportion. Is that a risk one can take?
                                                                          #5 What about radiation protection? Passengers will need to be protected. How heavy? How effective? The cord itself has to withstand high radiation doses as well..
                                                                          #6 Heat expansion effects, weather induced oscillations, earthquake and pole shift etc effects all have to be dealt with, at least conceptually.
                                                                          Conclusion: This is a pipe dream. Should we call it a "tether dream"

                                                                          • D Patterson
                                                                            D Patterson  4 weeks back

                                                                            Good video. This will be a bigger benefit to mankind than the Panama Canal .

                                                                            • Olectra Lab
                                                                              Olectra Lab  4 weeks back

                                                                              i see this narrator as a wise man

                                                                              • bob smith
                                                                                bob smith  4 weeks back

                                                                                Dumbest idea ever that should never be taken seriously by anyone who isn't a complete moron. Completely impossible for about 3 dozen different reasons. Even if you assume the necessary materials could POSSIBLY exist (which they can't), let alone that they ever will or that humans will ever even be in a position to create and use it, there is absolutely no way humanity would or could ever mine or manufacturer enough raw materials, there is no way to assemble it, there is no way to actually feasibly USE it. It's just idiocy after idiocy after idiocy

                                                                                • heri styono
                                                                                  heri styono  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Ad Astra y'all

                                                                                  • EricTANK gaming
                                                                                    EricTANK gaming  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Can’t you just build the rope thing from earth to the moon? And all space travel start from the moon

                                                                                    • Ademola Shasanya
                                                                                      Ademola Shasanya  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Love this .......

                                                                                      • captare
                                                                                        captare  4 weeks back

                                                                                        I think if is true what some
                                                                                        scientist say. Tha in Brazil have the place in earth for launch rockt to space. Tha launche from here, 50 % or more of fuel can be saved.

                                                                                        • MD Hossain
                                                                                          MD Hossain  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Are you sure this won't be like that "other" incident with tall structures?
                                                                                          *wink wink*

                                                                                          • NitaRay
                                                                                            NitaRay  4 weeks back

                                                                                            0:07 Doraemon's Anywhere Door :o