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Going up! Japan to test mini ‘space elevator’

Going up! Japan to test mini ‘space elevator’

A Japanese team working to develop a “space elevator” will conduct a first trial this month, blasting off a miniature version on satellites to test the technology. The test equipment, produced by researchers at Shizuoka University, will hitch a ride on an H-2B rocket being launched by Japan’s space agency from southern island of Tanegashima next week.

The test involves a miniature elevator stand-in -- a box just six centimetres (2.4 inches) long, three centimetres wide, and three centimetres high. If all goes well, it will provide proof of concept by moving along a 10-metre cable suspended in space between two mini satellites that will keep it taut.

The mini-elevator will travel along the cable from a container in one of the satellites. “It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space,” a university spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. The movement of the motorised “elevator” box will be monitored with cameras in the satellites.

It is still a far cry from the ultimate beam-me-up goals of the project, which builds on a long history of “space elevator” dreams. The idea was first proposed in 1895 by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky after he saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and was revisited nearly a century later in a novel by Arthur C. Clarke.




IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

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Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

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Floods kill 12 in Jordan

Floods kill 12 in Jordan

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Brave CF athletes arrive in Bahrain

Brave CF athletes arrive in Bahrain

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IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

IMMAF head praises KHK Heroes initiative

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Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

Hamilton wins nail-biting Brazilian GP

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MENA Aerospace to take part in air show

MENA Aerospace to take part in air show

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Export Bahrain opens

Export Bahrain opens

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ADGM, CBB in deal to promote fin sector

ADGM, CBB in deal to promote fin sector

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote and facilitate innovation in financial services across the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The agreement was signe