Japan is about to test out plans for a real-life space elevator

The idea of a space elevator to lift us into orbit is one of the oldest concepts in sci-fi, but thanks to the efforts of scientists in Japan, we might soon be seeing this fantastic feat of engineering become a reality at last.

A mini satellite called STARS-C (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite-Cube) is heading to the International Space Station in the coming months and is a prototype design that could form the basis of a future space elevator.

Ham radio frequencies are going to be used to control and get feedback from STARS-C, and to that end the team is asking for amateur radio operators on the ground to help collect signals.

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Source: ScienceAlert.com

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