space elevator

plural space elevators

Definition of space elevator

: a theoretical structure consisting primarily of a long cable that is anchored at the ground, at the midpoint by a satellite in geosynchronous orbit, and at its outer extremity to another mass (such as an asteroid), and that is designed to replace rockets as a method of transporting people and goods into outer space In a little-noticed article, Artsutanov proposed an immense "heavenly funicular," or space elevator—a geosynchronous satellite with cables reaching up to the heavens and down to Earth.— Doug Stewart

First Known Use of space elevator

1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Space elevator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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