Canadian Company Pursues Unique Space Elevator Concept

Skies not the limit for Canadian space elevator proponent
Canwest News Service

It’s no stairway to heaven – more like an elevator to the stars.

A Canadian technology company has a futuristic idea: a free-standing elevator that stops 20 kilometres above the Earth, is capable of launching satellites into space and could be used for communications networks around the world.

It could theoretically also offer space tourists a view of the Earth that only astronauts and a handful of paying customers have seen: a bright-blue sphere amid the blackness of space.

The space elevator concept is being commercialized by Thoth Technologies Inc. , a Canadian company led by St. John’s, N.L. native Caroline Roberts and her husband, Brendan Quine, an associate professor at Toronto’s York University.

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