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Space exploration - A 160 foot long solar-powered manned lunar space elevator compared to a modern locomotive; lunar-synchronous points; tether propulsion; non-rocket spacelaunch; spacecraft; spaceship - Space Art Illustration

Lunar elevator & locomotive compared

This manned lunar space elevator is approximately 160 feet long, about the length of a modern locomotive and two box cars and would carry a crew of two. The pressurized crew compartment is on the right end while the solar-powered climber mechanism is in the middle between the two cargo arrays. The climber mechanism employs a pair of continuous track caterpillar treads that pinch the ribbon and propel the elevator via friction to a velocity of about 60 mph.

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