What Will Japan’s 22,370-Mile-High Space Elevator Look Like?

Kelly Chan Kelly Chan

Yesterday we learned that the Japanese have a proverbial ace up their sleeve in the planet-wide race for the tallest megastructure: plans for a 22,370-mile high space elevator made of a material 20 times stronger than steel, to be complete by 2050. What, pray tell, might this look like? These far-out renderings from Obayashi Corp. can give you an idea. Is that a capsule hotel up there?