No Beanstalks

According to this New Scientist article, a recent study of the full mechanics of a “space elevator” indicates that such might be prohibitively unstable, with coriolis forces converting the mere motion of a payload along the cable into wobbling of the cable. Add in lunar and solar tidal effects, and the solar wind, and it appears the needed stabilizing thrusters and slow payload speeds would remove any benefits from having the elevator in the first place.


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