Why does Trantor need a space elevator? They have reusable single-stage-to-orbit space craft with apparently unlimited delta-v that seem to be able to de-orbit and re-enter to the surface in only a few minutes, compared to the 14 hours for the elevator.
re: foundation (2021)
@th Maybe the spacecraft are too expensive to run? Or they need more capacity than the spacecraft alone will give them? Not sure how the latter makes sense since they'd still need spacecraft to get stuff to the top of the elevator from other planets.
@th Maybe they don't want to let the plebs onto their fancy spacecraft.
Because they needed something really big to get bombed, in order to make a cheap parallel of 9/11 and subsequent wars.
Yep, that's what Cleon I said.
@th it's trash.