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    Assuming we could provide the funding what materials would be best for different parts for said tower and we could provide the land required for the superstructure
    We will need a different material for each of the following categories
    Compression strength
    Tension strength
    Shear strength


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxfan83 View Post
    Assuming we could provide the funding what materials would be best for different parts for said tower and we could provide the land required for the superstructure
    We will need a different material for each of the following categories
    Compression strength
    Tension strength
    Shear strength
    First of all, what do you mean by "space tower"?


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    In purely theroy i want to see if we can build a tower that can reach geostationary orbit even if it requires a base 50 miles in diameter thus I want to know the best material for the jobs
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    A rigid tower, based on Earth, reaching Geostat would require materials of fantastical properties. Literally: fantasy.

    We're talking many orders of magnitude greater compressive strength than any conceivable present - or future - material.

    Read up on Space Elevators (magic beanstalks). They are not rigid, and are merely centimetres-to-metres in thckness. They must be this thin, to reduce weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC426913 View Post
    A rigid tower, based on Earth, reaching Geostat would require materials of fantastical properties. Literally: fantasy.

    We're talking many orders of magnitude greater compressive strength than any conceivable present - or future - material.

    Read up on Space Elevators (magic beanstalks). They are not rigid, and are merely centimetres-to-metres in thckness. They must be this thin, to reduce weight.
    What kinds of materials would a space elevator need to be constructed of? How would the weight of the structure be distributed?
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    No known construction material could do the job.

    Itís purely a hypothetical thought experiment at this point.
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