I have been reading about the so called "SPACE ELEVATOR" in various articles in the news papers and magazines and reading that in a contest recently a company won a $900,000. prize as their creation climbed a mile long cable suspended from a helicopter in under 4 min. I understand that this "Space Elevator" if it works is supposed to transport materials into space (The Space Station ?) The full size unit would be a cheaper way to send food,water and equipment into space ........but will someone explain how it would work ? IF the space Station were attached to the end of the cable and it is going at 17,000 miles an hour in Earth orbit, how can the Space Elevator be hooked up and have any chance of working ? Please forgive me if this subject has been talked about before this. I searched for SPACE ELEVATOR and only got " ? lifter".