Sounds like something out of a Sci-fi flick, but is something that a whole lot of research is currently directed at.
A space elevator has many benefits, like lowering launch costs and the cost of lost parts due to sending cargo/parts, opening up space exploration at a lower cost and just make Earth a pretty cool place.
Barriers for something like this? There are a few… I know you’re thinking of cost, but the Science behind this is massive. Not only from a ‘biggest structure in the world’ perspective, but from as much as looking at how radiation will affect the tether.
Sounds pretty impressive, but check out this video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell to be truly blown away…