The Future Is Here “Inflatable Space Elevator”

We may not need to beam up just yet. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.

A firm from Canadian  has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more easily.

According to Thoth Technology, the lift would cut the cost of space flight by around one third because shuttles would not need to carry enormous amounts of fuel to get themselves off the ground.

“Astronauts would ascend to 12 miles by electrical elevator,” said Dr Brendan Quine, the inventor.

“From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refuelling and reflight.”

Shuttles would take off from a platform on top of the lift

Rockets are incredibly inefficient because they need huge amounts of power to get off the ground, using up most of their fuel fighting against inertia and atmospheric drag.

Engineers had always believed that space elevators would be unfeasible because no material exists which could support itself at such a height – although diamond nano-threads have been suggested.

However the new design by Thoth gets around the problem by only building the elevator to 12.4 miles so that it sits in the stratosphere rather than going all the way out into geostationary orbit, where satellites fly, which is around 22,000 miles up.

Dubbed the ‘ThothX Tower’ it would be inflatable, made with reinforced segments and topped with a runway from which satellite payloads could be launched. It would stay upright using a complex arrangements of fly-wheels to compensate for the tower bending.

The patent suggests that either pressurised cars would run in the core of the structure – like in traditional pneumatic tube message systems, or alternatively, they could climb up the outside of the shaft like a funicular railway. Each car could carry around 10 tonnes of cargo.

According to the designers, the tower could also be used for scientific research, communications, and generate energy from high up wind turbines.

And the elevator could open up new possibilities for space tourism, bringing down the cost of flights and making travel more convenient.

The tower would be inflatable with a runway on top

“Landing at 12 miles above sea level will make space flight more like taking a passenger jet,” said Thoth President and CEO, Caroline Roberts.

Even though it does not go all the way to space, the blueprints suggest it would be 20 times taller than the current highest manmade structure, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

Space elevators were first suggested by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in 1895. Tsiolkovsky proposed a freestanding tower reaching into geostationary orbit.

Arthur C Clarke also wrote about a space lift in his 1979 novel The Fountains of Paradise claiming it would bring down costs by transporting cargo directly up to satellites.

Structural engineer Peter Debney, from Arup, last year proposed a space lift based on how cathedrals control their centre of gravity by tapering at the top.

And in the US, the Washington based LiftPort Group is also planning is to use a ‘ribbon’ cable to transport material, robots and even humans to and from the surface of the Moon.

It will be attached to a space station in a Lagrange Point – where the Moon and Earth’s gravity cancel each other out out – so a spacecraft or station can remain stationary.

The cable from the station, dubbed the PicoGravity Laboratory (PGL), will drop down to a location on the Moon via an elevator positioned at an area called Sinus Medii, roughly in the middle of the face that looks towards Earth.

Space elevator A diagram from the patent application


Of Course It’s A HEMI


What was your car?

What year were you born? What muscle car was being manufactured at the time of your birth? One of my favorites is the Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Edition from 1967.

Under the hood of the black and gold car sits a 360 engine that’s been bored and stroked out to 408. It’s producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 horsepower, which is more than enough to get this rig rolling quickly. Beneath the bodywork sits a well-sorted suspension setup thanks to Hotchkis, and a set of rather sharp looking Centerline wheels completes the look. They’re a great chance of pace from a world filled with Torq Thrusts or classic cars fitted with modern oversize rolling gear.

Knowing the 60′s and how the car will feel, the steering itself is stock while most around it has been upgraded. That’s going to give quite a dead feeling on center that extends out a bit while turning until the rack catches up, and then we’d imagine the car turns sharply and flatly.

The 1960 cars seem to be pushed back from the 1970-71 cars but the 60′s are an amazing time for muscle cars too.

So let us know what your favorite car was in the year you were born and get you posted.


1968 Kaiser Military Pickup

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1968 Kaiser Jeep
6000.00 obo
condition: good
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: 4wd
fuel: gas
odometer: 40000
paint color: green
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: truck




If you want to be surrounded by bald eagles and fist bumping Ronald Reagan’s spirit while you’re driving down the road, or maybe just want to pull your neighbors house 100 yards away from yours, then keep reading, however, if you enjoy going purse shopping with your wife instead of fishing with the buds, I would not recommend this Jeep! It comes with a recently rebuilt GM 454 with 45xxx miles on it, and a Bradley PTO driven winch that’s packing more power than an A bomb. Why camo you ask? So the Commies don’t see you hooking a chain to the all steel front bumper and taking one of their tanks home with you which shouldn’t be any problem with a 1-1/4 ton towing capacity, and with recently reupholstered seats you will be hauling that puppy back in comfort! Don’t worry about getting stuck behind enemy lines either, this things got BRAND NEW Q78-16lt super swampers, so the word “stuck” should never even cross your mind. It also runs better than you do getting chased by a grizzly bear. So if you think you can handle this Jeep, get ahold of me because It won’t be around long, and I would like to see you driving it!
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Mountain Drive on Christmas Day

I recently moved across the Rockies to work a new job so I drove home two days before Christmas to spend the holiday with my family.  It was nice since I hadn’t been home in 3 months.  On the way home it was snowing and foggy most of the 5 hour trip.   I wasn’t sure what Vail Pass/Loveland Pass had in store for me since it was already storming in the lower altitudes. The last time I tried driving over these passes in winter I did a 180 on the top which was not pleasant.   This was the first time I drove my new Jeep in this kind of weather on this highway.   It was also the first time I wasn’t a nervous Nellie as usual.   This Jeep handled beautifully the entire time as it has both drive and standard paddles.  Going up and downhill was a breeze even on packed snow and ice because I could downshift when it was needed.   It also has the Quadra-Trac Active On Demand 4WD.   This full-time 4WD system operates smoothly, with no driver interaction required.  Under normal driving conditions, torque is distributed evenly to all wheels.  If wheel slippage occurs, the integrated traction control system helps transfer torque to those wheels with traction.   Hope this helps others out there as to what to do in this kind of situation.  Remember, don’t brake if necessary!

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