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lurking_giant writes: In a report on, Researchers working on development of a space elevator ("Fountains of Paradise" by Aurther C. Clark) have determined that the concept is not stable. Coriolis force on the moving climbers would cause side loading that would make stability extremely difficult while solar wind would cause shifting loads on the geostationary midpoint. All of this would likely make it necessary to add thrusters, which would consume fuel and negate the benefits of the concept.

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