The funny thing about that is that I get to live on this vacation-planet my entire life! Why get stuck on some damn artificial floating ring with the only scenery being the ring itself, the great black expanse of space (that I can see from Earth too!), and a view down of the paradise we're enjoying right now. How would that even be an improvement? To desire that kind of living is demonstrating how out of touch we are as a species with the planet we're living on.DoctorIknow wrote:Several space elevators lead to a giant "circumterran" space station that encircles Earth at geostationary altitude. The analogy with a wheel is evident: the space station itself is the wheel rim, Earth is the axle, and the six equidistant space elevators the spokes.
Arthur’s idea was that Earth become a garden paradise, with only a minimal population to maintain it. The rest of the human population of Earth would be living in the “wheel” and take vacations on planet earth.
Space elevators would definitely be nice for cheaper lift tech, and maybe to make space tourism cheaper.Lots of research happening with nano tech, and excluding the fantasy of Arthur Clarke, we simply have to stop poking holes in our delicate atmosphere with all these rockets that increase by numbers every year, and a space tether can haul everything up there and make rockets obsolete.