Ever seen the movie Castle in the Sky? Wish you could live suspended from the heavens? A New York firm is looking to help you do just that.
Clouds Architecture Office is the group of for thinkers responsible for the proposed project. They plan to tether the Analemma Tower, dubbed after a tracking of the sun’s movement from the same place on Earth after a year, to an asteroid and systematically ease it into geosynchronous orbit 30,000 miles above Earth’s surface.
They chose the name because every 24 hours, the tower will trace a figure-eight pattern that would swing it between the northern and southern hemispheres.
The real kicker is the height. Clouds Architecture is planning to make the building nearly 20 miles high, which is nearly 20 miles higher than the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Besides the brilliant artwork, the architecture group is already already planning how to deal with the air pressure. Business is to be conducted at the lower end of the tower while sleeping quarters will be help nearly 2/3 of the way up. The highest topography will be reserved for transfer points with the rest of the space being used for recreational activities. The size and shape of windows will be modified according to the height at which they will be placed.
Though this dream may seem a bit farfetched to a few, these geniuses are not newbies when it comes to the aerospace game. They’re already in cahoots with NASA, working on an Ice Home project to house astronauts on their visit to Mars. Since the trip will take so long, resources from the thought to be once inhabited planet will need to be utilized
The technology to retrieve and reprogram the trajectory of an asteroid is not available. And the prospects of developing the right science behind it looks dim behind the budget proposals of president Trump. Another obstacle to overcome is the fact that millions of pieces of junk known as space debris are floating around earth at speeds of over 17,000 miles per hour. These pieces could sever the space tethers and send the Analemma Tower tumbling towards the Earth’s surface.
Nonetheless, NASA and the Asteroid Redirect Mission remain hopeful. NASA has an asteroid mission planned for 2021 so let’s hope they can follow through.