The Lunar Space Elevator is a way to move materials to and from the Moons surface without rockets.  Solar powered climbers traverse a ribbon anchored at L-1, where the gravitational fields of Earth and the Moon cancel each other.   We received funding for a phase I study from NIAC and these images are from that work.  NIAC is the Institute for Advanced concepts, funded by NASA.  Many other fascinating projects are accessible through their website  You can also download our Phase I final report and a four minute video that captures the main points from the links and downloads page.
Lunar Space Elevator
A Loaded LSE Climber and Lunar Ribbon Path
The Climbers Wheels with a Gyro System
An Empty Climber Returning
A Climber Descending
A Crew Pod for Local Trips
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