by Shurhaian on Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:18 am
I imagine such an elevator(as well as whatever's at the counterweight) would have enough RCS thrusters and fuel to at least get down into stable orbit. Emergency solid-fuel rockets would give enough kick to get to the right general area, and at that point, compressed-gas systems could do the final jockeying around.
Actually, "geosynchronous" orbit just means the point at which the speed of orbit, treated as a rotation about the primary's(Earth's) center, is exactly the same as what's necessary to counteract gravity. Something above that would need to push itself faster on a regular basis, so every run of the elevator would carry fuel; to get to a stable orbit, it just has to slow down a tad. It'd no longer be geosynch, but it wouldn't be careening off into deep space.