Spent several hours reading about the approaches and methodology of engineering the conceptual idea of a space ladder. I had no idea it was such a relevant project still. I had a few thoughts on it though: 1. In every proposal it seems the objective was to build a "connect a here to b up there" system. -I feel that it's the wrong approach. I believe the "barrel full of monkeys" approach is better. 2. Tons of thought by very smart people on solving the material of the "cable" and engineering behind essentially overcoming the ability of the cable to maintain the stress of its own weight. -Why fight gravity and atmosphere? Instead envision a helium/hydrogen line that supports its own weight but also supplies hydrogen to a "hot air ballon" type stage 1, that transports the "climber" to a atmospheric platform suspended by helium (obviously requiring a piloting mechanism is needed). From there, at "stage 2", the hot air ballon craft could deploy back. 3. At first, yes. A lot of hydrogen/helium gas may need to be used in constructing "stage 2 and stage 3" together. Stage 2, the atmospheric platform would then need to be joined to a space orbiting structure/craft. 4. Now this portion of the connection would have to be along the lines of carbon nanotubes, however we have eliminated 60 to 80 miles of cable material length needed which = a lot less weight. 5. 60-80 miles does not put you in a geo synchronized orbit. Perhaps this device may need to be assisted either by a type of propulsion fuel at the beginning to resist re-entry, but what about a concept of having the device fixed with a repulsion element that would "like a magnetic force" push itself away from earths gravity? 6. Last, this device would be able to tether to a station in a stable orbit. Then the station would also have to be counterbalanced to another focal point to counteract centrifugal forces. Any ideas?