Japanese makes space easy

Japan have set out to build an elevator into space.

The Japan Space Elevator Association have published plans for a US $9 billion elevator into space.

A group of scientists and industrial firms want to build the elevator to reduce the cost of communications systems. The plan would also lower the cost of getting past the atmosphere, making manufacturing in orbit financially possible.

Third-world countries that could not afford the cost of setting up landlines could set up a satellite communication system instead due to the lower cost of getting equipment into space. Manufacturing in general would benefit thanks to the amount of solar energy available from the sun, normally limited because of the effect of the ozone layer.

“Just like travelling abroad, anyone will be able to ride the elevator into space,” said Shuichi Ono, chairman of the Japan Space Elevator Association.

Source: IT News