At first glance, these images look to be from the set of the latest Star Trek movie, but no, this is a plan by the Japanese based Obayashi Corporation to build a space station connected to an earth station by an elevator. The reason for this idea is cost; it costs too much to run a fleet of shuttles. Sure, the cost of the space elevator will high, but getting people and supplies up to the space station will be relatively cheap.
So long as you like travelling in an elevator with twenty nine other people in a confined space for seven days to reach the first platform or twenty days to reach the actual space station! There is always a down side to all great ideas.
According to a statement from an official of the Obayashi Corporation, they said;
“At this moment, we cannot estimate the cost for the project,”
And finished off by saying;
“However, we’ll try to make steady progress so that it won’t end just up as simply a dream.”