The Lunar Elevator: Bringing The Riches Of The Moon Down To Earth

byCharles Radley, Jerome Pearson, Michael Laine

Hardcover | September 15, 2019

The Lunar Elevator: Bringing The Riches Of The Moon Down To Earth by Charles Radley
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This book in our subseries called New Space Ventures discusses the advantages of building a lunar elevator and how it would afford access to some of the resources the Moon has to offer. We could potentially reduce poverty and improve Earth's environment using such a technology. Human civilization could more easily expand to Earth orbit or the Moon, and perhaps beyond. The book sets out the road map of how this could be achieved.

The lunar elevator is a long tether anchored on the Moon, with the other end free and hanging towards Earth. Such a tether can now be built at a relatively low cost using commercially available materials such as Zylon, Dyneema or M5. This first generation lunar elevator will be able to deliver payloads to the lunar surface, each weighing 100 kg, and retrieve the same amount of material from the lunar surface. The alternative of using chemical rockets to soft land on the Moon [or return material] is prohibitively expensive.

The critical shortage of helium-3, which sells for $1 million per ounce on the market, could be resolved by transporting it from the Moon with the elevator. The lunar elevator can also transport oxygen from the Moon to low Earth orbit, where it can refuel tugs to take satellites from LEO to GEO, a significant revenue source.

Charles Radley is a spacecraft systems engineer who has worked on manned and unmanned spacecraft development and operations since 1981. He has a B.S. in Physics, M.S. in Systems Engineering and 20+ years of aerospace experience. He is an EIT Engineer in Training registered in the State of California, and an Associate Fellow of the Amer...
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Title:The Lunar Elevator: Bringing The Riches Of The Moon Down To EarthFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:23.5 X 15.5 X 0.03 inShipping dimensions:23.5 X 15.5 X 0.03 inPublished:September 15, 2019Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319664867

ISBN - 13:9783319664866

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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