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Re: Airborne Generators

In reply to JMW, I can see a couple of problems in using the hypothetical 'space elevator' concept to provide support for the airborne generators.

As I understand it, the space elevator has to be located very near, not more than a few degrees of latitude, from the Earth's equator, so the electricity available from the airborne generators would be limited to the equatorial region. There was also a New Scientist news story a few years ago reporting that any trips into space using the space elevator would need to be 'agonisingly slow' (taking nearly a month) because the activity of climbing up the elevator itself might set up potentially hazardous oscillations. Therefore I can't see anybody wanting to attach high altitude wind turbines that are likely to produce destabilising sideways loadings to the elevator tower structure.