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Global Space Elevator Ring Construction
Sat Dec 2, 2017 3:52am

The Global Space Elevator Ring construction would roughly follow this sequence:

- BFR rocket #1 launches to low-earth orbit (LEO) carrying one 250-tonne space elevator cable spool. BFR rocket #2 launches to LEO and refuels BFR #1, then returns to Earth. BFR rocket #1 boosts to geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) orbit, delivers cable spool, then returns to Earth. BFR rockets #1 and #2 repeat this process seven more times, delivering eight 250-tonne space elevator cable spools to GEO orbit.

- The eight cable spools are assembled into a functioning space elevator powered by a 48 Gigawatt space-based nuclear or solar power plant. This power level allows four 250-tonne lifts per day, each one an additional cable spool for construction of more space elevators.

- After 10 years of operation, the first space elevator has lifted 3600 cable spools to GEO. Concurrently, the cable spools are assembled in groups of eight, and each group moved into one of 1800 adjacent GEO positions. The ring is now complete: All GEO orbits are occupied by a self-sufficient space elevator installation able to serve all locations worldwide.

- Subsequently, each installation can lift additional cable spools as necessary to increase payload capacity or to use as spares, or lift a minimum of 250-tonnes of payload per day of various types.

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      • Why do you think I'm focusing on itEx-News Junkie, Mon Dec 4 5:10pm
        Because I KNOW it won't be done by anyone alive today. Which leaves it wide open.
        • It won't be done by anybody EVER. (nm)DFM, Tue Dec 5 4:28pm
          • e the idea of a space elevator. Rockets carrying an handful of astronauts will play a small role in the future I envision, but generally they will be obsolete.
            • Space Elevator cannot possibly be made to work. DFM
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                destroying ozone. We need an alternative means of propelling our ephemeral-everything into space.
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                • FurthermoreEx-News Junkie, Tue Dec 12 11:18pm
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      • Whoops.DFM, Mon Dec 4 4:51pm
        I wrote "(which HAS been achieved)" too many times. It should only be at 3km/sec. Higher speeds have NOT yet been achieved, or at least not published. DFM
    • Global Space Elevator Ring Construction — Ex-News Junkie, Sat Dec 2 3:52am
      • Massaging the numbers a bitEx-News Junkie, Sat Dec 2 11:14am
        - (edit) After 10 years of operation, the first space elevator could lift 14,400 cable spools to GEO. Concurrently, the cable spools could be assembled in groups of eight, and each group moved into... more
        • Geometric GrowthEx-News Junkie, Sat Dec 2 12:11pm
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