2011 | Space for Everybody
with Erdem Tüzün and Ege Özgirin
A helix will extend above 180 km into the ionosphere and the plasma will be stimulated to concentrate charged particles. A circuit will be created by using the potential difference and the condenser surfaces will canalize the potential directly into the circuit. The circuit loop involves one arm rising 180 km in circles at intervals of 10 meters and the other, which will also work for the system structural stability, rises at intervals of 10 km.
To prevent the wobble effect which will likely to occur by inner electromagnetic forces and global winds, helium inflatable structures will be positioned at determined intervals. The spiral inflatable structures will be set at intervals of 10 km with the help of geodetic sensors and active stabilization systems, the spiral structures will counter act to local forces by pneumatic propulsion. Thus the main axis of the helix will be kept stable.
Slider elements on the bottom will turn the inflatable structures into mobile platforms which can climb up and down through the helix, providing maintenance. Cost of sending 1 kg into space with the new space elevator could be 20 $.