Faculty Advisor

Aravind, Padmanabhan Krishna

Abstract

A space elevator is a tower extending from Earth's surface to a height above geostationary orbit. This project examines the feasibility of constructing a space elevator using carbon nanotubes and the impacts that such an elevator might have. Attention is also paid to the applications of carbon nanotubes beyond the space elevator. We conclude that with further development and refinement of the carbon nanotube manufacturing process, the space elevator will be feasible with great impacts to social and scientific communities.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Physics

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