I admit to not knowing what is going on with this whole space elevator thing, but could someone please explain to me what the purpose of said ‘space elevator’ is:
The space elevator would be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. At the other end in space, the ribbon would be attached to a small counterweight. Mechanical “lifters” — robotic elevator cars — would move up and down the ribbon, carrying such items as satellites, solar power systems and eventually people into space.
Where are we going to go? To ‘space?’ To what end?