Space Elevator 2015

Thoth Technology, a Canada-based space technology company, has been granted a patent for a 12-mile high, 755-feet wide inflatable space elevator that promises to reduce the cost of getting to space by at least 30%. It’s supported by pneumatically pressurized cells filled with air or another gas, and incorporate a series of flywheels that act as compressors which could adjust pressure within each cell to compensate for any bending. Astronauts would then ascend to 20 km by electrical elevator, and from the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refueling and reflight. “Landing on a barge at sea level is a great demonstration, but landing at 12 miles above sea level will make space flight more like taking a passenger jet,” said Thoth President and CEO, Caroline Roberts. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a chill moose hanging out with a drone.