How to Fall Up. Seriously!
A Carbon nanotube cable of uniform thickness and 144,000 KMs long will be
self-balancing without a counterweight. If you make it a little longer, then the cable will actually be out of balance pulling up. Then you can attach more, ever-widening cable to the bottom and it will be pulled up into Space powered by the Earth's rotation.
This is my entire point you only need to put about five tonnes
into orbit by rocket. The rest just falls up!
Space Cable afficionados will be quick to point out that Space Cables are
"supposed" to be thickest at 35,800 Kms distance from the Earth where the tension is greatest on the cable. However. Carbon nanotubes are three times
stronger than they have to be to support their own weight with a uniform cross-section. This means they can actually be more than three times thicker at the base than at geosynch at 35,800 Kms.
Wm. Scott Smith