Why we'll probably never build a space elevator

As humanity slowly ventures out into the cosmos, we are struggling to overcome the challenge of getting all our stuff into space. Rockets are impractical for the long term as they're prohibitively expensive, they require a ridiculous amount of fuel, and they're an environmental menace. The panacea, we've been told,… » 2/15/13 8:20am 2/15/13 8:20am

An emotionally-intense short film about scavengers in a space elevator…

When we first saw Stuart Willis' short film Payload earlier this year, we were blown away. It's a fully-realized tale of tough frontier life in a space elevator town, which is sort of a cross between Deadwood and Tatooine. I loved the effects, and we've got concept art for the incredible space elevator. But more… » 10/01/12 1:40pm 10/01/12 1:40pm

Crowdfund Space Elevator Research and a mockumentary about America's…

The adventures of America's dinosaur soldier will be revealed at last if the short film's Kickstarter campaign receives its full funding. A steampunk alphabet book also promises to plant an early love of alternate history, and a new RPG from Monte Cook will inspire dreams of science blended with fantasy. But if you're… » 9/02/12 2:00pm 9/02/12 2:00pm

Why Japan Probably Won't Have a Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese construction company Obayashi wants to build an elevator to space — and they want to use carbon nanotubes to get there. The Tokyo-based company plans to use 60,000-miles of the cylindrical carbon structures, anchored to Earth's surface, to shuttle an elevator to and from a distance about a tenth of the Moon's… » 2/24/12 1:20pm 2/24/12 1:20pm

This massive engineering project may be our best chance at colonizing…

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 8/18/11 5:26pm 8/18/11 5:26pm