Construction firm aims at space elevator in 2050

It may be possible to travel to space in an elevator as early as 2050, a major construction company has announced.

Obayashi, headquartered in Tokyo, on Monday unveiled a project to build a gigantic elevator that would transport passengers to a station 36,000 kilometres above the Earth.

For the envisaged project, the company would utilise carbon nanotubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, to produce cables for the space elevator.

The idea of space elevators has been described in several science-fiction novels. Obayashi, however, believes it is possible to construct one in the real world thanks to carbon nanotubes, which were invented in the 1990s, the company said — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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