Google X-Labs are planning to to base the earth port of their new space elevator at their abandoned office site in Kings Cross. A nano-carbon fibre line will run from behind the station to a counterweight in geo-stationary orbit 144,000 km away. A ‘climber’ shuttle will run up and down the line to take loads cheaply into space.
Google are thought to have been inspired by the epic 1969 Daily Mail picture of a Harrier Jump jets racing from only 100 metres away from their office site to St Pancras to Paris.
The space elevator is now possible thanks to the release of previously secret technologies, based on the early work of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Yuri N. Artsutanov from the Soviet-era space program. Google’s new business partner is Kazakhstan KX Investment Group Ltd the people behind the Soviet Space program who will put the counter weight into orbit and designed the Kings Cross maglev.
A Google spokesman said – ‘Kings Cross is just too two dimensional – you just need to think transport in the third dimension or even the fourth’. Asked about the Soviet link Google said ‘We are channeling Werner Von Braun here’
Camden Council said: ‘Kings Cross’s fine budget hotels and hostels have been harbouring alien life forms for years, this will make it much easier for them to get home.’
Islington Council said: ‘Google can do anything they like as long as it doesn’t affect the Kings Cross gyratory.’
A TfL spokesman said: ‘You are just winding me up about the Emirates Cable car – I told you we stopped answering questions about that. For Oyster card users space is in Zone 6 or buy a ticket to Amersham.’
A film location scout said: ‘With the Crick germ research lab, a space elevator, an art college and the Eurostar, Kings Cross is the perfect location for a zombie movie.’
Image: “Space elevator structural diagram–corrected for scale+CM+etc–regenerated as SVG” by Skyway at en.wikipedia / User:Booyabazooka – This is an improved diagram of a Space Elevator.It is a modification of File:Space_elevator_structural_diagram–corrected_for_scale+CM+etc–regenerated_as_SVG.svg This file obsoletes both that file and File:Space elevator structural diagram.svg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Space_elevator_structural_diagram–corrected_for_scale%2BCM%2Betc–regenerated_as_SVG.svg#/media/File:Space_elevator_structural_diagram–corrected_for_scale%2BCM%2Betc–regenerated_as_SVG.svg – as amended to show Kings Cross, incorrectly.