Satellite Elongation into a True "Sky-Hook"

Science  11 Feb 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3711, pp. 682-683
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3711.682


The theoretical possibility of self-supporting cables extending into space from earth and from extraterrestrial rotating or revolving bodies is examined. In principle, augmentation (and duplication) of the installation and the launching of masses into orbit or into space could be accomplished with energy derived entirely from the rotation of the central body. In practice, a portion of the total energy requirement would probably be supplied by simple mechanical devices.