The SpaceShaft (a different type of Space Elevator!)
Human access to Space by means of any type of Space Elevator must follow a number of prerequisites. In general these are;
As a possible technological candidate, we will introduce the SpaceShaft and then explore the other incarnations with their methods, advantages and disadvantages.
Furthermore, we believe that for a credible and practical Space Elevator to exist, we need to reason why choices between an either purely based technology or a hybrid incarnation are the best options.
Q.1. What is a SpaceShaft?
A.1. Here follows a list of what is and what is not a SpaceShaft.
- A SpaceShaft is an Atmospherically Buoyant Spar Platform Space Elevator (ABSPSE), which we can metaphorically compare it to a maritime spar platform or a spar buoy.
- A SpaceShaft is not what we call a “Centrifugally Extended Carbon Nano Tube Tether Space Elevator” (CECNTTSE) [Which is, by popular assumption, generally known as “The” Space Elevator. However, we will be challenge this definition in following discussions],
- A SpaceShaft is neither a “Space Tower” .
We shall later look in depth at the qualities of each of the three Space Elevator systems we have mentioned and evaluate their purposes, merits and how technologically compatible they are.
A number of other “general” questions follow. These are just a selected few from many.
Q.2. Is a SpaceShaft yet another crazy idea?
We believe it is not. However, after describing in detail the concept, what we truly want is to let you decide if an Atmospherically Buoyant Spar Platform Space Elevator (ABSPSE), otherwise known as a SpaceShaft, is an endeavor worth pursuing.
Q.3. Would a SpaceShaft be used as a method not only to safely and economically access Space  by the public but also to provide for the necessary infrastructure to support a High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS)  located within the Stratosphere?
Q.4. When considering its size, how would a SpaceShaft be built and operated?
Q.5. Is there enough Helium in our planet to maintain its stability and operations? How would the Helium be efficiently used, maximized and its cost maintained to a minimum?
Stay tuned! More to come …!