Looks like they really want to do this, When I read about this 10 or so years ago in popular science I thought it was a joke, seriously taking an elevator into space? Japan's mini space elevator goes to space - CNET A concept of the space elevator is set to get a workout, following the weekend launch of a pair of satellitesbound for the International Space Station, Science News reported Monday. The experiment, under the auspices of researchers at Shizuoka University in Japan, will be the first movement trial conducted in space as part of the Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite (STARS) project. The two small STARS-ME satellites will be connected by a 10-meter cable, and a robotic device will travel along it between the satellites. That's a tiny representation of what a full-size space elevator might someday do running from Earth all the way to spacecraft in orbit.