Architects will attach skyscraper to an asteroid
A futuristic project called Analemma Tower was offered by American architects from Clouds Architecture Office, famous for their development of houses that could be built on Mars. The current idea is to build the highest skyscraper on Earth. But to build so that he does not rely on her – on Earth.
Architects intend to hang the building from the sky – from a height of 50 thousand kilometers, attaching it to the asteroid. The asteroid will be located on the so-called geostationary orbit, and the cables will be sent down from it, which will begin to hold the structure stretching to the surface of the planet. In fact, the skyscraper will become a huge autonomous city, which will spread not as wide as most of today’s cities, but skyward. At an unprecedented height.
The authors assure: to catch in space and to deliver to a near-earth orbit a suitable block will not be a big problem in the future. NASA on this prospect for two years, as he thinks, bearing in mind that on asteroids it is possible to extract minerals.
The construction of the Clouds Architecture Office itself is intended to entrust specialists from the United Arab Emirates who erect skyscrapers quickly and 5 times cheaper than their counterparts in the United States.
Of course, you will need strong cables and a kind of progressive technology that will allow you to “pull” the tower for more than 20 kilometers vertically. Its upper floors will rise to a height of 32 kilometers, the lower – will be located a few kilometers from the surface. Fantasy, but quite scientific. It echoes the idea of a space elevator, which is considered feasible. Up until the rise from Earth to the Moon and the corresponding descent.
Another feature of the hanging skyscraper Analemma Tower: hanging on the ropes, he will describe the giant “eight”. And those who settle in an amazing house will be in a state of continuous travel, flying, for example, between North and South America and watching the changing landscape in the windows.
How does a skyscraper that is not connected to the Earth, will receive energy?
“The energy will be provided by solar panels installed on the upper floors, where the atmosphere is clean and there are not even clouds,” the authors reply. – Water will come from the lower floors – just from there, where there are clouds. Of these, special installations and condense water.
The developers promise to think over the system of delivery of residents from the Earth home and back. But in case of an emergency evacuation, they suggest using parachutes.
It is not clear, however, how sewerage will be arranged. Do not spill the waste of life from the height. Probably, they will be sent to the surface in containers – this is how aviators act. But the dead are supposed to be buried on the spot – on the uppermost and coldest floors, there is a cemetery. A little lower – prayer rooms.
Living inhabitants of the hanging skyscraper will be able to enjoy a light day 40 minutes longer than their mundane brethren – due to the fact that the Sun will not hide behind the horizon longer.
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