The Space Pioneer Project will consist of three Phases. Each of them will be a crucial step for the next Phase. To understand this better let us look at the Basics first.
The Distance between Earth and GEO (Geostationary orbit) equals 22 236 miles (35 786km). That sounds like an impossible distance to connect with a human made construct but compared to the United States Highway System, which equals about 164000 miles (264000 km), it does not seem to long anymore.
The biggest Challenge in Space Travel is Gravity. Earth’s Standard Gravity is 9.80665 m/s2 . In Order to leave Planet Earth It is necessary to accelerate an Object to a Speed higher than Earth’s Gravity. Today our Standard Solution for doing so is using compact substances that have a high Energy release when burned. That is what a Rocket does. It is not very effective. Transporting Objects to Space is very cost expensive and logistically very restrictive.
To make this Process more effective we will change the way Transport between Earth and Space is done. Instead of using Energy coming out of Chemical Reactions we will Use a Combination of Electrical and Mechanical Energy to move objects. This is not only more effective and protecting the environment, it is also a lot cheaper.
Step 1: Base Tower
The gravitational Force between Earth and GEO is the strongest in the Lowest Section. The Original Plans were assuming that the earth-part of the Space Bridge would be anchored in a floating Platform in the Ocean. This would have given the opportunity to move the Elevator out of the Way of Space Debris and enhance flexibility. While we still favour a location in the Ocean, because it will ensure to be in international property and in the Case of Failure the damage will be little and human life will not be in danger, the structure will be anchored.
Our Research has brought us to favor the Construction of a Tall Tower in the Ocean. It will be a Carbon-Steel- Fiber based Construct with a Concrete Support System in the Lower Section.
The whole construct will reach a height of about 3000 km. Which is a lot higher than the Burj Khalifa, the currently highest building with 880 m. The Reason why a building of this height doesn’t currently exist is because there was simply no need to exceed current hight. There is a point when building a building where adding additional height will take up more space to build necessary infrastructure to transport people up and down than it will add additional usable space.
So the economical component of adding usable space vs space necessary for transport infrastructure automatically limits the height of a building. The height limit is an economical one, not a technical reason. Hence the purpose of the tower is not to create additional usable space but to make transport possible this limitation doesn’t apply.
There is no technical limitation to construct a tower of that height and for a Infrastructure Project of its size it relatively economical to construct.
The top of the Tower will be used as a Platform to Transport the Materials that will be necessary for Step 2. We estimate that launching from the tower with our highly effective for this purpose developed launching system will reduce costs at around 70% per kilo.
That will establish a highly effective base that is already fully functioning. It’s possible commercial uses can only be estimated but we assume that 25% of the Tower Construction Costs can be covered by the its use by companies and research groups.
Step 2: The Space Bridge
Once the Base Tower is constructed, we can start with the more challenging part of the project. The Space Bridge or Elevator whatever you prefer to call it. It will be a cable extended from the top of the Tower to a Station in Geostationary Orbit. This will cover about about 33 000km.
The Main Challenge is that over this long distance the weight towards the ground is getting bigger and bigger. Exercising enormous pressure on the top part of the Bridge. To minimize the pressure we developed a decompression structure that will be able to take off a lot of the weight that would otherwise over challenge the bottom part.
Through the Use of Carbon Nano tubes in Combination with Super light and strong Connection Modules we will be able to connect the Cable with a Space Station that will be the top End of the Space Bridge.
The Space Station will Orbit the Earth in a 24 Hour cycle and will appear fixed from the Earth. It will be the Base Station for further Exploration of our Solar System.
Step 3: Counterweigt
Through adding a Counterweight on the Other Side of the Space Bridge Structure we can ensure that the whole Elevator will stay in Balance.
If a Ship follows the Construction all the Way to its counterweight the rotation will automatically give it the acceleration needed to leave earths gravity field. This will by achieved solely by electrical means without polluting our Environment.