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Ken Gettys

Semi-retired, Volunteer computer instructor at local Senior Center

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EarthTower One! A 20 Mile High Pyramid will be the Tallest & Largest Robot Made Object; Containing the Highest & Biggest Telescope on Earth!

ET1 will be the result of the efforts of people around the world, build and operated by automated systems. ET1 is a Work-In-Progress, Open Source Project Sponsored by the Not-For-Profit Experimental High Altitude Platform Organization (XHAP.org). HELP?!

To allow for high winds, ET1 will have mostly an open frame except above the jet stream. The building of ET1 will start as a single pyramid section, 1/8th mile tall and 1/4 mile wide at the base. Four telescoping trusses will be assembled, attached to the base at the corners, pointed towards the middle, then affixed to the top of a very large and very heavy duty construction balloon. As the balloon is inflated it will raise each section to its 1/8th of a mile height. With the expanded trusses locked and the balloon deflated, the first section of ET1 will be finished! Only 1.35 million more to go to reach the 20 mile high top!

Four Space Cannons will be mounted from the top downward along the outer edges of ET1 in order to launch Solar Sails and other objects into space. On the top of ET1 will be a 360 rotating platform that will contain thousands of mirrors to project protons from sunlight at the departing Solar Sails. And located within the circle of mirrors, will be largest and highest Earth based telescope that will have a superior view being higher above the Earth's atmosphere than lower ground based telescopes.

Above the jet stream, thousands of solar panels on the outer framework will enclose the top of ET1 to prove work and storage areas and power for both ET1 and the surrounding region. Filters at the upper areas can capture minerals and water to be delivered to ground.

Below the jet stream, hundreds of wind turbines mounted on movable braces to swing out of high wind paths. There will also be hundreds of weather stations, air quality monitors, aircraft radars, radio and Internet transmitters, and even sirens and various types of strobe lights and mirrors will be used to warn birds from flying into ET1.

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    Jul 9 2012: Steward: The telescope and solar panels were actually afterthoughts. ET1 as an experiential high altitude platform (for Solar Sails and other object space launching) was the first thoughts. Even if ET1 was just a piece of art, it would still be a tribute to the human race and visible from many, many miles away! And if those Hubble grade telescopes were free, who provided them? Answer: taxpayers!

    The pyramid shaped Luxor Casino in Las Vegas is 30 stores/365 ft high with a 120,000 sq ft casino floor so there are pyramids of both plausible and probably profitable sizes (if the Luxor is making money off of gambling). Here is a link to other “plausible” (already built) pyramids: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Comparison_of_pyramids.svg

    Wasn’t thinking about Ireland anyway or even around any “flora and fauna” but on deserts, dry lake beds (e.g. Great Salt Lake), middle of large lakes, oceans, or near the poles etc. Requires a little more than a 40 square mile area, of course the flatter the surface the better. Anyone have any other specific location suggestions?
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      Jul 10 2012: But the problem here is, what is the point? A better idea for space craft is to develop an in orbit construction site where we can make larger rockets. But just the sheer size of this makes it horribly expensive, a waste of raw materials.
      And yes taxpayers originally payed for them unknowingly as they were meant to be spy telescopes to snoop of Russia, but the taxpayers would gladly pay for another hubble scope, you just need to see the deep field photos and you'll realise that we need a lot more telescopes.
      And although what you've got is an idea it's just not plausible.
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        Jul 10 2012: Stewart, Someone else has proposed using Solar Sails as a means to capture space junk and bring it into the atmosphere to burn up. And Solar Sails are already being used to explore space (and getting around space junk). Don’t try anything if there are obstacles and costs?

        A cheaper way to launch Solar Sails (and other materials into space) is to build a tall platform reaching high into the sky then using a space cannon to launch from there. At a higher altitude, smaller rockets could be used… the size just needed for Solar Sails and communications satellites, not space shuttles, Hubble sized telescopes, and other manned space ships.

        And like I said before, the purposes of ET1 are many more than launching telescopes… Exactly how many more Hubble sized telescopes and other space projects are needed to search for the elusive “other life forms” and take far way pretty pictures elsewhere in the universe?

        The solar panels, wind turbines, communications devices, space launches, environmental monitoring, and as a place where ongoing scientific experiments could be conducted at various altitudes will re-pay for the costs of building and then operating ET1.

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