The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, also known as JAXA, has sent the very first space elevator into orbit on the ISS to conduct the needed tests.
JAXA sent its space elevator on the International Space Station for its tasting phase
The very first space elevator is already in space as the Japanese space agency, JAXA, launched it to ISS for its tasting stage. The launch was initially scheduled for September 11th from the Tanegashima Space Center, but it was delayed for about two weeks due to weather issues and some problems on the rocket’s propulsion system.
“We are very pleased that the first space elevator satellite has been successfully launched. Now, we must make efforts to prepare for the operation after releasing it from the ISS (International Space Station). Our mission is important, this is the first demonstration of a space elevator in the world,” explained Masahiro Nohmi, one of the JAXA’s scientists who worked on the project.
Japanese space agency to test its small-scaled space elevator with the help of ISS
The next step for JAXA, the Japanese space agency, will be to check the space elevator system composed of two small satellites connected by a ten-meter cable. Actually, the space elevator concept developed by Japanese scientists, if it would be successful, would send humans to space using an elevator-like system.
The idea of a space elevator is not new, but its realization is exceptionally complex, including some very resistant cables which rely on the transmission of electrical current between Earth and space. Also, the project must take into the account the travelers’ protection against space and terrestrial objects.
The objective of such an innovation would be to reduce the cost of launching rockets into the Earth’s orbit, but also to facilitate the conquest of space by employing a straightforward method.
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