NASA has long claimed that its budget is not too high because of their secondary research discoveries such as Tang. In Taiwan there was an earthquake which knocked out internet access to the island at losses which could be in the billions. However NASA seems to have done no work on power beaming or data transfer through space. In fac the space elevator could not only carry raw materials, it could provide a valuable path for beaming power and data up to space and back down to Earth. Yet we are stuck with the Space Station and the Space Shuttle. NASA has failed to provide value and the money we’ve spent has failed to give back much useful technology. So lets focus on space development which can help us as well as space exploration.
Bring on the space elevator.