Monthly Archives: October 2015

How Would Thoth Technology’s Space Elevator Work?

ThothX TowerThoth Technology, a Canadian aerospace and defense firm, was granted a patent this summer for an elevator that could transport people and payloads into low earth orbit.

The ThothX Tower would have a hollow 20-kilometer shaft/core stacked with washers 300 meters in diameter. The washers would be made of polyethylene and Kevlar and filled with helium or hydrogen. The tower would be constructed one cell at a time and would stand upright. The pressure in the cells would enable it to stand up to external forces, such as wind currents. Heavy gyroscopic flywheels at the base would increase the angular momentum of the elevator’s core.

The tower would have a harmonics control strategy. Software would adjust the pressure in the washers and guide the center of gravity to enable the tower to stand up to even hurricane force winds.

Most of the cells would have a pressure of 100 atmospheres. If a cell needed to be repaired, it would be depressurized. If one cell got damaged and lost pressure, the tower would not collapse because of the modular nature of the cells.

The seams in the cells would be closed with the same technology used in rockets and sailing vessels. A weave would be applied over the surface of the seams and then heat-cured to bind it.

The elevator would be powered by electrical charge and frictional contact. The elevator cars would be attached to the tower by electrical attraction. A frictional wheel would grip the tower and guide the cars along a corkscrew path. Each time a car passed down the shaft, the tower would be recharged. Energy transfer might also occur when two cars passed each other.

The ThothX Tower would be able to lift up to 10,000 kilograms of parts. Spacecraft could launch from its platform in one stage and return to the top of the tower to refuel. This would use much less energy than what is required to launch a rocket from the Earth’s surface.

The tower could be used for tourism. It could also significantly reduce the amount of time required to travel around the world.

Thoth is planning to build a proof-of-concept demonstration tower 1.5 kilometers tall in the next three to five years at a cost of about $1 billion. The company hopes to build a 20-kilometer tower three to five years after that at a cost of $5 to $10 billion.

2016 Elevator Prices

2016 home elevator pricesFor a person with limited mobility, getting around at home can be a challenge. If it has become difficult for you or a family member to walk up and down stairs, installing an elevator can be the best solution to make all the rooms in your house accessible again.

Many people are hesitant to install an elevator in their homes because they believe the cost is prohibitive. However, as the prices for many things have been going up, the cost of home elevators has actually been declining in many ways.

A new, low-cost elevator design can make it easy and inexpensive to add an elevator to your house. A shaft-less elevator costs only around $17,500 for two stops. This cost includes both the equipment and installation. Prices vary by location.

A shaft-less elevator can significantly cut down on site preparation costs. When adding an elevator to an existing home, the cost of the required renovations often exceeds the price of the elevator itself. Carpentry and electrical costs often total $15,000 to $20,000. With a shaft-less elevator, on the other hand, the site preparation cost is typically less than $3,000.

If you are building a new house, adding an elevator shaft will not add much to your overall project costs. In that case, installing a traditional elevator with a shaft makes the most sense.

Home elevator prices have gone down a bit over the past several years. A typical two-stop home elevator costs about $20,000, and the price of a three-stop elevator is around $24,000. These are costs for both equipment and installation. Prices vary by location depending on the costs of labor, insurance, and licensing.

Mother Gets Bill after Jumping Stalls Elevator

jump in elevatorAn Idaho mother got a shock when she received a bill for $1,100 after she and her children were stuck in an elevator for over an hour.

On July 4, Karen Bryan took her three children to visit a friend at an apartment building in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. When they were leaving the apartment in the elevator, she and her kids jumped. Bryan said she thought that getting a weightless feeling from jumping in a descending elevator would be fun for her and her kids.

Instead, the elevator stopped. The family called for help, and an elevator technician came over an hour later to free them from the stuck elevator.

The elevator company sent a bill for $1,100 in repairs to the building’s administration. The administration forwarded the bill to Bryan’s friend, who paid it. Bryan plans to repay her friend if she is unable to resolve the situation and get the charges dropped. She believes a sign should have been posted warning passengers that jumping in an elevator could cause it to stall. Most elevators do not have signs warning people not to jump. She is considering taking legal action.

Many buildings use cable-traction elevators. If a passenger jumps, the cables can stretch and slacken with the bouncing. There are safeties built into the elevator system to sense if the cables go slack. If these safeties are triggered, they will shut down the elevator and require a manual reset by an elevator mechanic.

Pink Elevators Raise Breast Cancer Awareness and Funding

pink elevator breast cancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Metro Elevator Co. Inc. is raising money to support Susan G. Komen in Michigan in its fight to find a cure for breast cancer.

The company is raising funds through its fifth “Ride the Pink Elevator” campaign at 201 Michigan St. NW in Grand Rapids, which is the site of the Rowe Hotel that is currently undergoing renovations. The pink elevator was installed on the west side of the Rowe Hotel.

Triangle Associate Inc., the construction project management team, installed the pink elevator and expects it to remain in place through January 2016. Vice President of Business Development Jim Conner said breast cancer has touched his life and he believes more men need to be aware of the disease and take action to fight it.

The goal of the campaign is to raise money and awareness about breast cancer research and treatment. Komen Michigan’s Executive Director Jennifer Jurgens said the group is always looking for new and unique ways to raise awareness and money. Construction workers and companies that are involved in the project are encouraged to donate funds to support breast cancer research and awareness.

This is the third pink elevator to be set up in Michigan to support the foundation. The first was launched in Ann Arbor this year and raised more than $18,000 to support Komen Michigan. The second pink elevator at Central Michigan University raised over $8,000. The Pink Elevator project is expected to be expanded nationwide in the future.

There is simply no other company that can offer you all of this.

If you are looking for a customized quote or just want to ask a question, get in touch with Nationwide Lifts today to start talking to a Home Elevator expert.