TheImmortalLS t1_ixy6xy9 wrote

If a material strong enough to hold existed, we would have other tech instead. Such strong materials can improve compression ratios, improve engine efficiency via less moving weight, tank warfare would be dramatically different, etc.

Space elevators are built along the premise there is a material strong enough to anchor; everything else in its design is trivial. We are probably 100+ years away from a material, maybe 30 if a world war breaks out soon