Now the company has announced that they will open a manufacturing plant this summer to make carbon nanotubes -- which will be used to form the 8-inch wide ribbon that will stretch 62,000 miles from Earth to space, carrying the robotic elevator cars.
This, they predict, can be done without the benefit of molecular manufacturing (MM). We agree that it may be possible, and we wish them well in their endeavor.
If successful, the space elevator will be by far the world's greatest engineering feat... that is, unless MM arrives first and enables even more astounding projects.
Fasten your seatbelts, kids, the 21st century is going to be a wild ride!