Southfield (WJBK) - Three... two... one... and doors closing.
Astronauts could be finding a new way of leaving the atmosphere. A patent for a space elevator has been awarded to a Canadian company. Officials say it's a much cheaper alternative to launching rockets.
The elevator would go about 12 miles into the air and use less fuel. Thoth Technology, the Ontario-based company, estimates the $5 billion project could have a full version within five years.
The average cost to launch a space shuttle, as listed in NASA's FAQ, averages at $450 million per mission.
Over time, it's believed the elevator would prove to be a much more cost-effective way of transporting supplies and people.
And maybe, if we're lucky, be the next vacation destination.