CARBON NANOTUBES, SPACE ELEVATORS, AND A POSSIBLE HIDDEN SPACE ...
Here's a story that I found this past week that I think is another indicator of "something" going on "out there," that may not be quite the same story as we're getting "down here," and while we've blogged about this particular technology before, this story comes with an "update." We might call it "carbon nanotubes" 2.0. But before we get to that possible hidden story and the day's high octane speculation, first, the article itself:
Japanese company plans to build a functioning space elevator by 2050
There is is, boldly emblazoned in the headline: the Japanese plan to turn the science fiction idea of a "space elevator" into reality in a mere forty or so years:
"Space elevators have long been the realm of science fiction, but the Obayashi Corporation in Japan has now announced that they’re planning to have one up and running in the next 40 years. And, if they’re successful, it could revolutionise space travel - it’s estimated the elevator would be able to take people into space for one percent of the cost of a rocket.
"Although it might sound impossible, a 2012 international study already concluded that space elevators such as this one are scientifically feasible thanks to advances in super-strong carbon nanotubes. “The tensile strength is almost a hundred times stronger than steel cable so it's possible," Yoji Ishikawa, a research and development manager at Obayashi, told Matthew Carney from Australia’s ABC." (Underlined emphases and links in the original; bold and italics emphasis added).
Now, you'll recall that just last year the Japanese came out with another equally stunning "grand project" idea, namely, to line the equator with solar panels, and beam power back to the Earth in the form of microwaves. You'll recall that at that time I pointed out that beaming that amount of power back to Earth would most likely "cook" the area around any collection antennae, making the area uninhabitable... to anything. In fact, I pointed out that similar ideas had been studied by the US Air Force in the 1960s. In short, the Japanese were planning, if one read between the lines a bit, to turn the Moon not into a power plant but into a "death star" of sorts. No sooner had I blogged about that story, than a few days later the Chinese called the bluff, and very blatantly proposed turning the Moon into a death star, using similar means. China had called Japan's bluff.
Now, it's in that context that I think one should view this current "grand announcement" from Japan. The article points out the current difficulty of carbon nanotubes, at least, as far as we're being told publicly:
"But the big hurdle is trying to make carbon nanotubes long enough to reach into space, at the moment the Obayashi Corporation admits they can only create nanotubes that are 3 centimetres long. Researchers all over Japan are now working on dramatically extending this length - they even run competitions each year to collaborate on the problem, Carney reports for ABC.". (Underlined emphasis and links in the original, bold and italics emphasis added)
Obviously, a mere 3 centimeters is a bit short of the 96,000 kilometers of the vision, but it's a start.
But there would be other possible space uses of such materials, if they can get the bonding problem worked out, and are able to construct much larger objects from such nanotubes. Note that these nanotubes have 100 times the tensile strength of steel, in other words, nanotubes would be able to withstand the tremendous stresses and strains placed on such a "space elevator" that would simply snap steel like a twig....
...or they would be the perfect material for a spaceship designed for long range exploration, their tremendous strength perhaps able to withstand impacts with micro-rocks that could rip through more conventional materials. Couple this technology with "self-repairing" nano-bots programmed to make small repairs automatically, and voila, one has a materials science that is approaching what would be required for long-range manned exploration of space. Add a 3-d printer for the more difficult parts replacements and... you get the idea. Now, once again, the real question is, just how far along in such technologies might "they" be in the black projects world? If you're like me, you probably suspect they're farther along than the public statements would allow, perhaps already able to construct much larger objects out of such carbon nanotubes, perhaps even to the point of Mark One versions of self-repairing materials.
There's also an interesting pattern here, if one considers this story in the light of last years "Lunar Death Star/Microwave "Power Plant" stories, and that is, that it would seem to indicate that Japan is becoming the nation of choice for the western elites to make "announcements" of stories that could, if considered carefully, indicate technological capabilities beyond those in the public record.
See you on the flip side...
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The Japanese have wisely surmised that the next impending future war will be with vengeful pathogenic bacteria here on Earth and they are betting on microwaves blasted from space as the weapon of last resort in killing these wily foe. I would also wager that space elevators are intended for escape as these contraptions with their awful music would be the best means of moving the most amount of humans off planet. A Japanese elevator exodus probably to the Moon and its microwave siege defenses. (I would wager Mars has already been staked out for retreat, if need be, by the Breakaway Civilization who could argue an historic claim to the land– a right of return.)
Lest we forget, bacteria have been king of this pile of dirt from the beginning and have weathered far worse than reckless humans and their primitive antibiotics and Moon based energy weapons. Ar best, the Japanese Moon microwaves will only keep homicidal bacteria at bay temporarily. The same goes for the Breakaway Civilization’s scorched Earth strategy of harnessing solar flares to kill off enemy microbes by incinerating the surface of the Earth. I would concede it is a step in the right direction as the Sun is the traditional champion of humankind especially when it comes to all out war with remorseless bacteria but this plan will fall short as well as only subterranean humans can survive such a solar onslaught. Not to mention the enmity this will incur from the Sun who does not like to be tampered with. (Putin has prudently anticipated the fallout from meddling with the Sun and is preparing his country for another ice age which would also give humanity temporary respite from bellicose germs).
The best plan as of yet, and the most courageous, is the Chinese plan to build nano sized micro humans to combat pathogenic bacteria at a microbial level. Hand to hand combat, if you will. The downside to this plan is: what do the Chinese leadership do with the surviving micro soldiers if they are victorious? Do you eat them and pray that the human digestive process will destroy them for good or do you give them lots of medals then send them off into space on asteroids for more conquest? Could this possibly be how the cosmic bacteria war really started? Could bacterial invasion forces really be microbial man– a product of scientific engineering in order to efficiently spread predatory human consciousness throughout the Universe? And once established in new territory, could the microbial humans then blossom into full blown humans but with the driving bacterial hive consciousness still embedded in the mitochondria, which for all intents and purposes, is strikingly similar to bacteria? Or is it only a few select humans who have preserved a ruthlessly self-preserving bacterial mindset in their “cherished” mitochondrial DNA. But i digress…
Don’t get trapped in one with a life insurance salesman.
I for one will continue to build alliances with beneficial bacteria, providing them with the environment and sustenance to prosper while also attempting to mend fences with angry bacteria. My great ally in this endeavor is my trusty milk cow, Gladys. My method of communication and defense: the fire ceremony.
3D manufacturing removes the previous MVP (the machinist) from the game. Machining isn’t easy, until now. Wow.
Space elevators might make economic sense but would be vulnerable to sabotage by rival forces. The idea of self repairing spaceships and 3D manufacturing of parts on board makes better sense. As the Ben Rich rule says these technologies have been around since at least the mid sixties.
The real problem with beaming energy wirelessly via microwaves is that the field itself is very disruptive to the nervous systems of biological organisms. That is why so many people now are suffering from electrostress – the fields emanating from cell phone towers, radio and radar installation, WiFi routers, etc is “confusing” the nervous system. Now imagine the amount of microwave energy that would be involved in using a band of satellites encircling the earth to beam energy downwards. The toll it would take on planetary life would be enormous.
But on the lies.
And … while we’re off topic – (thanks Robert, Lendman always on target) – in case folks haven’t seen any of the Secret Space Program conference videos, the Sat/Sun roundtable discussions have been made available free:
Saturday – https://vimeo.com/101849974
Farrell, McCandlish, Bassett, Schratt, Morningstar
Sunday – https://vimeo.com/101854161
Dolan, Farrell, Fitts, Rappoport, Bearden (by phone)
Must be Christmas.
I’m going to open these early.
The last few posts concerning 3.0’s imminent arrival has me asking myself. Is 3.0 going to be a Rollerball world? Where corporation ownership will be the Feudal Age returned? Where there are only serfs, peons and corp execs.. The next question to ask is, in a world filled with automation, will the PTB need the number of worker bees we have today?
code name: jacobs ladder….hopefully this doesnt get into the asylum 49 clubs hands.