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If they have giant Cruise Ships like Avenue 5, shouldn't they also have a space elevator and giant transport and cargo space ships. Would it really be that hard to rescue the passengers or resupply the ship.

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21 hours ago, AnimeMania said:

If they have giant Cruise Ships like Avenue 5, shouldn't they also have a space elevator and giant transport and cargo space ships. Would it really be that hard to rescue the passengers or resupply the ship.

Giant transport and cargo space ships...I can see.

But, what is and what would the purpose be of a "space elevator"?

 

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Just now, PentaHookUp said:

But, what is and what would the purpose be of a "space elevator"?

A space elevator gets people and cargo from Earth into space. This way a large Cruise Ship would not have to land on Earth, but always remain in space. The large amount of fuel required for a large Cruise Ship to take off from Earth would be eliminated. You can build the Cruise Ships in space, so you wouldn't have to worry about heavy structural beams in the materials because it is made in a weightless environment.

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30 minutes ago, AnimeMania said:

A space elevator gets people and cargo from Earth into space. This way a large Cruise Ship would not have to land on Earth, but always remain in space. The large amount of fuel required for a large Cruise Ship to take off from Earth would be eliminated. You can build the Cruise Ships in space, so you wouldn't have to worry about heavy structural beams in the materials because it is made in a weightless environment.

Thanks.

I had never heard of the "space elevator" concept before. 

I did some "light" reading and it seems that the "roadblock" turns out to be the need for a material that's both strong enough AND light enough to do the job.

So, yeah, considering they have some viable candidates now…and are working on others…you’d think that in 40 years science would have licked the problem.

Of course, even if they solved that problem, other obstacles could have popped up somewhere along the way.

 

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