Full record for space elevator n.

Definition =orbital tower
OED requirements antedating 1975
Earliest cite A. C. Clarke 'Future Space Programs'
Comment Michael Quinion submitted a 1975 cite from Arthur C. Clarke's "Future Space Programs".
Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for space elevator n.

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1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 91 It's not as if your space elevator was on our territory, or was of direct importance to us.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 146 He would not presume to criticize the engineering aspects of the space elevator.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 96 But the space elevator was such a leap forward into the unknown that some unpleasant surprises were a virtual certainty.
1979 A. C. Clarke Fountains of Paradise 51 At last we can build the Space Elevator—or the Orbital Tower, as I prefer to call it. For in a sense it is a tower, rising clear through the atmosphere, and far, far beyond ‥
1986 A. C. Clarke Songs of Distant Earth 204 The first space elevator? That was indeed ancient history; it marked the very beginning of planetary colonization by giving mankind virtually free access to the Solar System.
1986 A. C. Clarke Songs of Distant Earth 318 The history and theory of the “space elevator” will be found in my address to the Thirtieth Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, Munich, 1979: “The Space Elevator: ‘Thought Experiment’ or Key to the Universe?” (Reprinted in Advances in Earth Orientated Applications of Space Technology , Vol. I, No. 1, 1981, pp 39–48 and Ascent to Orbit : John Wiley, 1984).
1988 I. McDonald Desolation Road (2001) xxxix. 206 Just what the hell are they doing out there, building an extra space elevator or something?
1992 F. Pohl Mining Oort (1993) 6 The man who devised the first “space elevator” was an engineer from Leningrad named Yuri Artsutanov, and he had done it way back in 1960.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 267 This apparently made the south rim of Pavonis the perfect tethering point for a space elevator, as it was both directly on the equator, and twenty-seven kilometres above the datum.
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 208 The immediate cause of the explosion of '61, strangely enough, appeared to be a squabble concerning the Mars space elevator.
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 334 Given the acute population and environmental problems on Earth, and the space elevator currently being constructed there to match the one already on Mars, the gravity wells could be surmounted and mass emigration would certainly follow ‥
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 99 Most of the other towns had been left in ruins, but Sheffield's location remained the ideal place for tethering a space elevator ‥
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 242 We'll hold onto it until it's worth more. Or until they build that space elevator.
1999 Interzone Apr. 27/2 He sat in the bar until his flight was called, chatting with a couple structural engineers whose company also had a share in the construction of the space elevator.
2002 Sci. Fiction Chron. May 34/1 The island is the perfect spot for a space elevator.