Space Elevator Between Planets

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  1. thecollage Registered Senior Member

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    what if we connected the planets with space elevators.
     
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  3. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    we would be really stupid?

    the planets a) spin on an access and b) rotate around the sun at different speeds.

    There for any conection between then would wrap itself around the planet and rip AND be streched to breaking point or if not, end up going through the sun

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    Thats only IF a metorite didnt hit and tare it first
     
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  5. thecollage Registered Senior Member

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    make it expand and put it on on a ball bearing swivel for rotation. this could also be used to slow the rotation and revolution of the planets.
     
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  7. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    and when it went through the sun?
     
  8. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    oh and you do realise the stupidity of the suggestion of puting it on swivil points dont you? as the planet rotates its STILL going to wrap around it like a ball of string
     
  9. EntropyAlwaysWins TANSTAAFL. Registered Senior Member

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    The only way you could build a space elevator between 2 'planets' is if they orbited the each other in geosynchronous orbit or one was a moon of the other and in geosynchronous orbit and if their orbits were a perfect circle.
    I believe that Charon and Pluto's orbits are an example but I'm sure about that.
     
  10. draqon Banned Banned

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    we would be probably be listed in the most idiotic civilization to ever exist in this universe...

    Earthlings, the idiots.
     
  11. draqon Banned Banned

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    what we need is accelerators and deaccelerators at both ends...
     
  12. draqon Banned Banned

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    by ending the rotation...the planets will fall inside a star.

    Nice doomsday scenario for our civilization, thecollage.

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  13. RonM. Registered Member

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    I know this is pretty far off topic, but what is needed to start a new thread?
     
  14. draqon Banned Banned

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    20 posts.
     
  15. Mr. Hamtastic whackawhackado! Registered Senior Member

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    100 dollars to me will help...
     
  16. Nasor Valued Senior Member

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    AND they would have to be tidally locked, so that the same faces were always pointed toward each other.
     
  17. EntropyAlwaysWins TANSTAAFL. Registered Senior Member

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    Yeah I forgot that part, plus it wouldn't be possible if there were any other satellites whose orbits intersected the space elevator.
     
  18. thecollage Registered Senior Member

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    no problem.
     
  19. EntropyAlwaysWins TANSTAAFL. Registered Senior Member

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    This is not actually a common phenomenon as far as I am aware.
     
  20. weed_eater_guy It ain't broke, don't fix it! Registered Senior Member

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    I'm not sure why you'd want to do this, but assuming you were linking two worlds of different orbital distances from a star, you could do a little orbital engineering with planet-scale warp drives to reconfigure a planet's rotation and revolution, and somehow tie the two planets via a massive cable that would be measured in terms of fractions of A.U.'s in length, and time everything perfectly so the planets orbit at the same radial velocity, with tension on the cable keeping the innermost planet from falling into the star, and keeping the outermost from flying off into space. This would at best massively distort the planets in question due to the phenomenal stresses being placed on the surface via the cable, and at worst rip the guts right out of each planet as the rest of the planetary material sucumbs to the centripetal force or force of the star's gravity.

    I dunno, some bored alien civilization might've done it, other than that, it's an incredibly messed up idea. Might as well spend the resources making a Dyson sphere or something.

    Just my two cents, am I kinda on the mark?
     
  21. draqon Banned Banned

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    space elevator between planets is not a physically possible idea.
     
  22. Xylene Valued Senior Member

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    The main problem with the proposal, IMO, is more subtle and slow-acting. As the Sun loses mass--which it does at the rate of 4,000,000 tons per second due to the conversion of hydrogen to helium by fusion--the law of conservation of angular momentum means that the planets speed up slightly in their orbits, even over the course of a decade, say, let alone a century or more. That would definitely alter the physical parameters of such a connection, surely?
     
  23. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    Xylene, you dont think that the cable (and anyone ON the elivator at the time) going straight through the sun (and or any other objects which happened to get in the way like other planets) would be a significant problem?

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