Credit: Obayashi Corporation of Tokyo, Japan

A novel trial-run to help design a space elevator is now at the International Space Station, tucked away within Japan’s HTV-7 resupply ship that berthed to the ISS on September 27.

The Japanese STARS-Me (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite-Mini Elevator) was produced by researchers at Shizuoka University in Japan. Obayashi, a Japanese construction firm, is collaborating on the project.

While STARS-Me is an important experiment, the emplacing of an Earth-to-space elevator remains a “miles to go” task. Two critical problems stand in the way of a space elevator, but there are approaches to each problem

Meanwhile, there’s a plan is to create a permanent tether system on the Moon that is reusable, replaceable and expandable.

For more information on where things stand on elevating the status of the space elevator, go to my new story at:

Going Up? Waiting for the Space Elevator

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist

October 5, 2018 05:03pm ET

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