Anchor, anchorweight
Mars Elevator
Image from Steve Bowers
The Deimos anchorweight keeps the Martian Elevator in tension

Colloquial name for the anchoring mass used to maintain tension on a beanstalk orbital elevator. Anchors may be developed and used as habitat or docking nodes or may be enclosed in a technic membrane and terraformed into low gravity biomes.
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Development Notes
Text by Todd Drashner
Initially published on 16 September 2001.