Still in the early stages of design, it is said that this tower would allow for astronauts to ride in this “space elevator” and launch from the top of the tower into low orbit. The idea of a “space elevator” is nothing new in the world of space and technology. The idea has been around since the 19th century. However, this space tower has some different concepts that may actually make it a reality. It is said to be an inflatable tower from which a self-climbing elevator will travel, rather than the traditional idea of a cable from space.
This proposed idea is great in theory. It would allow for reusable space cars, rather than current rockets which are only good for one launch. It would also save on fuel, as it is said that the initial launch into orbit takes up a good part of the rocket’s fuel and is the harshest part of the journey, as the rocket is required to reach substantial speeds in order to reach orbit. On top of that, the tower would provide a refueling station for the rockets in orbit allowing for more efficient trips into space.
The future of space exploration could be greatly advantaged if such a tower could actually be built. Many, however, are still skeptical. A concern that has been noted is the fact that the tower is stationary, and would be required to combat many weather conditions such as ice, wind, and even hurricanes. Do not fear, as engineers have stated that the new technology of the inflatable tower would allow for it to withstand all weather conditions, including a category 5 hurricane. Also, Thoth stated that the cars travelling around the core of the tower would be pre-loaded with a de-icer in order to remove any ice build-up during its trips up and down the tower.
Another major concern for the tower is its ability to withstand its own weight. A structure of this height has never been a reality and many engineers don’t see how it will be possible. Conditions the tower will face will be unlike any faced before and it is still too early to tell whether the tower is a real possibility. The company plans on building a 1.5km high prototype within 5 years which would be taller than the current tallest building on Earth. If all goes accordingly, Thoth has said that the space tower could be built within 10 years.
Currently, Thoth holds patents in the USA as well as in England, and is working on getting a patent in Canada. The reality of this “space elevator” may still be a distant sight for many, but with this new concept perhaps it will one day soar high into space and change the way we view space forever.