Japan is testing space elevator that could send tourists 60.000 miles above from Earth

A team from Japan is testing in order to develop a space elevator and will take its first trial this month. A miniature will be blasted off to test its technology. Researchers from Shizuoka university will test its first ride on an H-2B rocket which will be launched by the space agency of Japan next week.

The experiments involves a elevator miniature which will be standing on a box which is 6cm long 3cm wide and 3cm high.  The mini-elevator will travel along the cable from a container in one of the satellites.

A university spokesman told AFP on Tuesday ‘It’s going to be the world’s first experiment to test elevator movement in space,’ . The movement of the motorised ‘elevator’ box will be monitored with cameras in the satellites.  It is still a far cry from the ultimate beam-me-up goals of the project, which builds on a long history of ‘space elevator’ dreams.


The idea was first proposed in 1895 by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky after he saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and was revisited nearly a century later in a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. The company said it would carry up to 30 passengers at a time and travel at a speed of 200 kilometres per hour for a week, stopping off at a station at 36,000 kilometres.