Last month a Canadian company won a US patent for a 12-mile-high ‘space elevator’ from which astronauts could enter space.

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Canadian company wins 'space elevator' patent.

From atop the tower, shuttles would achieve orbit much faster than current technologies, allowing them to land and refuel with a faster turnaround time. According to Thoth Technology, who received the patent, the design would cut the cost of space travel by a third because space shuttles would no longer need to carry massive amounts of fuel to leave the ground. Read more: 

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