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The dream of space lifts returned to Earth

Soon flights in space on rockets will seem the same eccentricity, as travel on big distances in a sleeper. Certainly, rockets will remain for long flights – for example, on other planets, – but into an orbit we will reach only on the lift. The huge floating platform on the equator becomes a starting point, from where passengers will be taken away by the lift which with a speed about 2000 km/h will be carried away in the sky. The space platform where passengers will already feel zero gravity becomes the first stop. It will hang in space at height about 35000 km over Earth level. Will balance a design asteroid, to which about 10000 more km. We just shortly depicted idea of the space lift.

About a tower leaving in the sky, many generations of people of Earth dreamed. The most known similar project – the Babel tower immortalized in the Bible. And the space lift was thought up by the Leningrad engineer Yury Artsutanov. It described the project in the newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" on July 31, 1960. Article was called «In space on an electric locomotive». But the idea found a world fame in 1978, with an exit of the novel of Arthur Clark «Paradise fountains». In the preface to the Russian edition of the novel in the magazine «Equipment – youth» Clark recognized superiority of the Soviet scientist.

Today, when the space lift ceased to be science fiction and passed to the category of perspective projects, it is interesting to compare, what imagined the lift Clark and what it are seen by modern scientists and engineers.

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 Siberian State Aerospace University


VII -th International



Practical Conference


"Modern trends in foreign languages teaching  

at higher education institutions"

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Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

14 of May, 2013



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