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  1 weeks back

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

    • Carmen Dublin
      Carmen Dublin  4 weeks back

      Why star war why not halo.

    • Carmen Dublin
      Carmen Dublin  4 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

  • Ramrock Entertainment
    Ramrock Entertainment  16 hours back

    I was born 500 years to early!

    • Maureen Loiacano
      Maureen Loiacano  18 hours back

      I am literally only here because there was an X wing in the thumbnail.

      • Ruslan Lomaka
        Ruslan Lomaka  2 days back

        There are more videos if you need to procrastinate more 😅

        • JJ Supreme
          JJ Supreme  2 days back

          WHERE ARE THE DUCKS!?!?!?!?

          • Cheesy Taters
            Cheesy Taters  2 days back

            4:16 is that a Starcraft reference

            • Beatrix Bükkösy
              Beatrix Bükkösy  4 days back

              3:04 why is there a whale?

              • Sharkcraft
                Sharkcraft  6 days back

                to be honest, id rather just have a 100% re-usable rocket than a space elevator.

                mainly because of safety reasons and also a rocket launch is a much more amazing visual than some elevator going up very quickly

                • Ian Lairmore
                  Ian Lairmore  7 days back

                  antering hyperspace

                  • Archer :p
                    Archer :p  1 weeks back

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

                    • James Bernald
                      James Bernald  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                          • Matthew T
                            Matthew T  1 weeks back

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

                            • Jordan Hicks
                              Jordan Hicks  2 weeks back

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

                              • KrOWD
                                KrOWD  2 weeks back

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

                                • David Price
                                  David Price  2 weeks back

                                  Yeah.. No.

                                  • Kyle Mccalip
                                    Kyle Mccalip  2 weeks back

                                    I'm real y'all!

                                    • Kyle Mccalip
                                      Kyle Mccalip  2 weeks back

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

                                  • TommyTarkov
                                    TommyTarkov  2 weeks back

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

                                    • WMD catalyst
                                      WMD catalyst  2 weeks back

                                      Ace combat 7 space elevator

                                      • Mr. 2 minutes
                                        Mr. 2 minutes  2 weeks back

                                        is it not gonna slow down the earth rotation?

                                        • itsfrisk
                                          itsfrisk  2 weeks back

                                          Who misses this intro

                                          • Rothpol X
                                            Rothpol X  2 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  2 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  1 weeks 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  2 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  2 weeks back

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

                                                • Ian Lairmore
                                                  Ian Lairmore  2 weeks back

                                                  all dem star wars

                                                  • GARVIT SRIVASTAVA
                                                    GARVIT SRIVASTAVA  2 weeks back

                                                    Kami's lookout

                                                    • Dom
                                                      Dom  2 weeks back

                                                      Ummmm science says we may be doing it sometime soon

                                                      • sergent chris
                                                        sergent chris  3 weeks back

                                                        wow this chanel REALLY loves starwars

                                                        • HGgame
                                                          HGgame  3 weeks back

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

                                                          • Assej Santos
                                                            Assej Santos  3 weeks back

                                                            The thumbnail looks like a X-wing in starwars

                                                            • Devin Robinson
                                                              Devin Robinson  3 weeks back

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

                                                              • Von Sakamoto
                                                                Von Sakamoto  3 weeks back

                                                                No i don't wanna get high

                                                                • MyNameIsSuper Elaborate

                                                                  That poor scv, has to work overtime.

                                                                  • Gordon Sherriff-Smith
                                                                    Gordon Sherriff-Smith  3 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  4 weeks back

                                                                      the first space elevator: coming to Disney winter 2019.

                                                                      • B. Lonewolf
                                                                        B. Lonewolf  4 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  4 weeks back


                                                                          A space elevator assumes a rotating Earth.

                                                                          • Salman Khawaja
                                                                            Salman Khawaja  4 weeks back

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

                                                                            • Gabriel Macêdo
                                                                              Gabriel Macêdo  4 weeks back

                                                                              Came here after watching Ad Astra.

                                                                              • impreza0109
                                                                                impreza0109  4 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  1 months back

                                                                                    WANNA GET HIGH?

                                                                                    • Dan Rickard
                                                                                      Dan Rickard  1 months 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  1 months 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  1 months back

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

                                                                                          • Olectra Lab
                                                                                            Olectra Lab  1 months back

                                                                                            i see this narrator as a wise man