A vertical fishnet tether extends from the top of a very tall tower to and beyond the geostationary orbit. The tether is curved due to Coriolis force of moving cargo. The tower is vulnerable to damage by wind, ice and lightning. No bibliography. Structural elements preventing buckling of the tower make the contraption heavier than the skyhook. A skyhook on tower made of steel would be more massive than the Earth, so it is impractical, unless it is made of a structural material of great specific strength. Plastic cannot be used because it is vulnerable to space radiation and thermal fatigue.

Skyhook on tower

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