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Space elevator would climb incredible 20-kilometer tower in ambitious Canadian plan

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PEMBROKE, ONTARIO, CANADA — A Canadian space company wants to build a space elevator that reaches 20 kilometers high. The company is called Thoth and the concept is called the Thoth X tower. The idea is to build a tower with reinforced inflatable sections. The middle is hollow. An elevator car would encircle the tower until it reaches the top. Thoth estimates the tower would cost $5 billion to construct. As a demonstration project, it would build a precursor tower measuring 1.5 kilometers tall. One feature of the project is the wind farm about three quarters of the way up. The 50 turbines could produce 1 gigawatt of continuous energy. That’s enough to power about 700,000 homes. The main purpose of the tower is to provide a take-off and landing platform for spacecraft. If your aircraft takes off at a 20 kilometer altitude, you can get to space in a single stage without the need for additional fuel stages. Thoth estimates this would save 30% on energy costs. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter See a story that should be animated? Tell us about it! Suggest a story here: http://bit.ly/suggest-tomonews Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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duck (4 days ago)
Wouldn't the wind farm get in the way of the elevator.
akane742 (9 days ago)
That's not high enough . to be a space elevator it would need to be about ten times that
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
That's not a space elevator, a space elevator goes up all the way into space.
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
We could easily fund this if we didn't spend all of our budget fighting each other in wars.
It's just a generic lift. I've been on 2 story hydros that are far nicer
Toriel V. Dreemurr (5 months ago)
*Dr.Eggman:* "Hello, happy people! Buckle up as Dr. Eggman's Ultra-Accelerating Space Elevator whisks you into an Interplanetary wonderland of fun!" Guess the reference...
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BaseDeltaZero (8 months ago)
I like how they show ordinary commercial jets taking off the top, which most likely couldn't run at that altitude. You could *probably* do it, but why? The obvious advantage is to skip the dense lower atmosphere, but you'd probably be better off with space plane. You'd still have to accelerate to orbital velocity, and unlike with a spaceplane, which might be a quarter of the way to orbital speed by 20km, you'd have to start basically from zero. Besides, given that the project is so expensive and technically complex to begin with, you could build any number of other options instead - a launch loop or proper ribbon space elevator, for instance.
BaseDeltaZero (8 months ago)
Addendum: You'd have advantages compared to an SSTO spaceplane since you'd no longer need both low altitude and vacuum engines (whether that vehicle has dual engine types or hybrids), especially if you wanted high delta-V beyond LEO - and, of course, wouldn't need to spend fuel fighting the intense air resistance of the lower atmosphere. However, this could be replicated simply by launching the rocket from a large LTA airship. While this would technically make it a two-stage craft, the first airship stage is reusable and so cheap (requiring only the fuel required to run its ballast pumps, which could reasonably be solar/wind powered) that it doesn't matter. As is the technical difficulties in creating such a system already outweigh the benefits - this might change with the desire for routine rocket launches at a low cost, putting the system into an even more complicated tower arrangement instead of the nice portable airship seems unintuitive.
fedekk 2014 (9 months ago)
No crei
lee davidson (10 months ago)
Can not wait to see the first nut to base jump this 😂🤣😂🤣
KAT Erwhall (1 year ago)
the cn tower for planes.
Meikkhaell (1 year ago)
Pakistan Media (1 year ago)
Works good we need 60 mile space tower to see the universe
monster hunter pro (1 year ago)
there is no way in hell this would work we would need a metal strong than any steel we have this is not a good idea
Shadower1337 (1 year ago)
Cool idea but wont it collapse under its own weight or snap at the middle since its just a long as tubed building that didnt even reached space yet.
We got one in New Mombasa (Halo reference)
C a (1 year ago)
5 million dollars my ass
Sebi One (1 year ago)
wow, that'll be great, until terrorists decide to fly a plane into it.
VV MM (1 year ago)
it feels like itll snap at the middle for anyone who played builder games would know
Dan Man (1 year ago)
Cool until it falls down and crushes 20 kms worth of homes
Brett'sPhotography (1 year ago)
Oh god I just thought with these new big structures, isis would love to destroy this..
Jose Lainez (1 year ago)
Invest in deep sea exploration instead like for example build an kilometer bright lights so we can see these intriguing creatures/monsters
Please Stop (1 year ago)
What happens if it gets stuck, also 9/11
Angry Viper (1 year ago)
Michael (1 year ago)
Imagine that giant fucking tower being beside your house.
Mustafa. D (1 year ago)
Matthew Freedlund (1 year ago)
Imagine if it were to fall. 20 kilometer of destruction happening.
DampySenpai :D (1 year ago)
Ha! I hope they make rails on the top, like what if powerful winds knock off unaware people off the tower? Unless strong winds don't reach that altitude?
wacky wallaby (1 year ago)
plz have this in the usa
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
Ya once we stop spending all our money on the military. Imagine if that budget went into a space program instead. We would have warp drive within my lifetime.
ijustcrazy tator stop trying to take everyone's ideas USA it's rude to be selfish
Cheaper than building the wall
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
This is Canada. What to keep Americans out?
Neko Chan (1 year ago)
it won't work building a tower 20k in the air will not stand straight its too heavy and it will bent *EVEN* if they attach holding guards (or whatever you guys call em) it is too long it will bent in half nothing is gonna be able to hold it straight nothing has such durability to hold such a giant structure (well except hulk maybe or super man) but none the less its a bad idea plus add the weight on the top of the tower where the air crafts are gonna land and let's add wind to the list of problems if there is a very strong wind it will be a problem for the tower or earth quakes or even worst a fucking hurricane now I don't know if hurricanes go to Canada but if yes well you know what will happen next.
Ken M (1 year ago)
Has Canada ever built anything magnificent though? Looks like a pipe dream to me. No pun intended ;)
Ken M (1 year ago)
+Brad Adam Drumming Those are impressive. But not magnificent. One day Canada might get there though. I doubt it with Truedeau lol Too worried about SJWs lol
Brad Adam Drumming (1 year ago)
Ever hear of the CN Tower? Or how about the Canadarm... which is the giant arm NASA uses on the ISS.
Ken M (1 year ago)
+maaz I have. Soon we will have a great wall as well!
maaz (1 year ago)
+Ken M well u clearly haven't done any research
Ken M (1 year ago)
+maaz If you consider that little tower magnificent. lol Even if it was, that is one thing. There is only one country in the world that could do that. The one that takes care of Canada. lol
Jack 123610 (1 year ago)
This is never gonna get built.
Andrew (1 year ago)
20km? Whaaat? But how?
Wiejeben (1 year ago)
This doesn't seem realistic to me haha
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
For now.
stephan daoust (1 year ago)
yah drop some windmills on it for the environmentalist and put an airport on top and say it will save 30% on carbon emissions sold to the Liberal party of Canada.
Siryvan Ahmed (1 year ago)
abyssinia4ever (1 year ago)
Between the high velocity winds, freezing temps, and lack of oxygen I don't see how this could possibly work. Oh yeah and altitude sickness.
abyssinia4ever (1 year ago)
A machine that could stop wind especially at that height would be more impressive than the tower itself.
Banksy (1 year ago)
abyssinia4ever it's 2016, they would have a machine to deal with all that probably
Andrew (1 year ago)
Ya us Canadians do everything!
THE GRUMPY DRAGON (1 year ago)
That awesome
tin12345man (1 year ago)
Nice idea, but it will disturb the jet stream and but the ground is not stable enough for that kind of load.
Avarus Surava (1 year ago)
What if it falls
TheVikas (1 year ago)
And a U.S. company is going to by this and say its a U.S. ideal I hope it doesn't happen
Cryptic (1 year ago)
Wont people get thrown out of tje platform from the winds? And it'll be cold af exept if its in vancouver.
Jeff Kwan (1 year ago)
The stupidity in the comments are real...
retarded idea. it will collapse since ISIS will have a field day
Justin Perez (1 year ago)
Phantom ! (1 year ago)
Yasir (1 year ago)
reminds me of the korin tower from dragon ball
DemonicGoat (1 year ago)
I built that tower in GTA :)
Stikibits (1 year ago)
Is Elon Musk involved in this kooky science-fiction?
ain't a nigga (1 year ago)
allahu akbar
Very, very cold Water (1 year ago)
This thing would shake like crazy
Mark Noonan (1 year ago)
NOPE NOT ME. I would not set foot in that
Goettel ACRMGL (1 year ago)
Scared bitch
Bear The Struggle (1 year ago)
thAT would be something to jump off of
B1ackjack (1 year ago)
scary as fuck
Skrʞro (1 year ago)
good luck. a building design like that would fall pretty quickly
Mark Azamar (1 year ago)
Can it be taller than Empire State Building
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
This structure would be the biggest in the world by a huge margine.
Mark Azamar (1 year ago)
I will be terffying if heights in the sky
its Fiery (1 year ago)
Gon will go there
CringeCentralTV (1 year ago)
It's like the destiny tower
Josh (1 year ago)
Allahu akbar
Colbin Trew (1 year ago)
what if there was an earth quake
Simon Naylor (1 year ago)
Who is going up to fix and clean it? I feel sick just looking at that. No guardrails on the platform! Cool concept though.
The Lewis (1 year ago)
Kami's lookout?
Max Zomboni (1 year ago)
What could possibly go wrong with that?
Cyka Blyat (1 year ago)
Andrew Earthquakes in canada are light
Andrew (1 year ago)
Max Zomboni Earthquake
Aaron (1 year ago)
Max Zomboni 9/12
Shisha CEO (1 year ago)
Max Zomboni al qeada
Theonlyoneleft1000 (1 year ago)
so how would you get the rocket up there? put it on the rails I would assume?
I AM Zero223 (1 year ago)
Kami lookout is looking good.
thrasherx2k1 (1 year ago)
This kind of stuff makes me wish I was born 100 years from now.
Kirbae (1 year ago)
thrasherx2k1 eat right, exercise and don't smoke or any similar bad habits and you'll get there anyway easily
Procatfisher (1 year ago)
the thought of standing on that freaks me the fk out
Kenny Pruitt (1 year ago)
Reminds me of halo 2
Michael Z (1 year ago)
it would never work. it's too tall and too skinny. it would topple in a wind storm or collapse under its own weight
Buckshot (1 year ago)
Well if you fall at least you get a good view.
Lime (1 year ago)
That is scary. If it fails, it'll fall out of the sky.
JamesXXXYZ (1 year ago)
long shadow...
EZIC Name (1 year ago)
how nice.of those canadians
hypostatis (1 year ago)
RorvalTC The Rabbit (1 year ago)
Lil, Charmander (1 year ago)
how is that thing suppose to stay up being so tall " the higher you go the more structure support you'll need"
JollyRoger (1 year ago)
how will them prevent it from shaking in the wind?
Don Coyote (1 year ago)
ИванИвановичЗакусайло magic.
JuanJoT$ (1 year ago)
Awsome. the only problem is that it'll be a perfect target for terrorist
Andrew (1 year ago)
JuanJoT$ True...
Glenn Crawford (1 year ago)
It will never work. High winds and other problems
Alucard Helsing (1 month ago)
More likely than a space elevator. Sure we got the cable for it, but we need to get the cable up there and build a counter weight to it.
CTK (1 year ago)
Stopshot (1 year ago)
The last land claimed by man Bir Tawil Now called North Sudan A girl wanted to be a princess He wanted to promise her and they found it now it is used for science
Wacky Hacky (1 year ago)
reminds me of korrins tower that kid goku climb up
Actually Adam (1 year ago)
This is an onion article no?
Pete Mitchell (1 year ago)
It sounds like a good idea, or shall I say that's a cool idea, but I'm afraid it's an accident waiting to happen, I know we can't prevent accidents but I just don't know about this
NTCG Gaming (1 year ago)
Shit! Our future is crazy but good!
Exotic Butter Kid (1 year ago)
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Black Lavender (1 year ago)
waste of money
Blanca Silva (1 year ago)
moscow902 (1 year ago)
Anyone what to hear a story written by autocorrect?
earthquake bruh
Connor Weiss (1 year ago)
good luck with this project
skysurfjo (1 year ago)
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el5pk (1 year ago)
Nice animation
Dr. Bananable Lector (1 year ago)
I'm sure the actual tower would look nothing like this.
thomas tran (1 year ago)
How do you expect planes to land
10 Chromys (1 year ago)
Who comes up with these insane ideas

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