Japan is set to begin tests on a space elevator connecting Earth and a space station by cable.
Scientists at Shizuoka University are conducting an experiment to develop a “space elevator.” A possible futurist vehicle for space travel and cargo shipments.
Above, the Obayashi Corporation is aiming to build a sea-based space elevator by 2050. Image credit Obayashi Corporation.
The test equipment will be launched next week by Japan’s space agency H-2B rocket, from southern island of Tanegashima.
The test project involves a miniature elevator just six centimeters long, three centimeters wide, and three centimeters high.
A university spokesman said:
“It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space.”
Artist’s conception of a NASA space elevator.