Most interested in effects during the first <75 years.
Things to consider:
- What type of organization is building the space elevator?
- How is the service sold/rented?
- What is its maintenance/security like?
This reminds me of Arthur C. Clarke's "Report on Planet Three" essay.
Space Elevator charges are per pound lifted - calculations based on electricity consumed
Space Elevator debarking (and charges) depends on whether you want to go into low earth orbit or geostationary.
Advantages of Having a Space Elevator:
Easier to transport materials to build Space Hospitals
Benefits of Space Hospitals
burn patients would benefit because they don't have to lie down on their dressings.
comatose patients would not have to suffer bed sores
Amputees would be more agile (no need to move so much mass around in zero-g) they might make good maintenance personnel
research for example insulin crystal growth http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/1998/notebook/msad22jul98_1/
Easier to transport materials for assembling and deploying satellites (low orbit or geostationary).
Near space exploration (the moon) would be easier since you would not have to worry about rockets to escape earth gravity. Just transport materials needed to assemble ships in orbit. With a space elevator a Space dock becomes a definite possibility.
Transport materials for Space Factories. Space manufacturing Typically this includes conditions of microgravity and hard vacuum. Manufacturing in space has several potential advantages over Earth-based industry.
Excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on Space Manufacturing:
The unique environment can allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth.
Raw materials could be lifted to orbit from other bodies within the solar system and processed at a low expense compared to the cost of lifting materials into orbit from Earth.
Potentially hazardous processes can be performed in space with minimal risk to the environment of the Earth or other planets.
Items too large to launch on a rocket can be assembled in orbit for use in orbit.
Easier to transport materials for building Space Hotels (which would take the form of a torus)
Why would anyone want to go to a space Hotel:
Inner rings will provide lower gravity (space hotel now has multi-gravity sections)
breathtaking views of earth
a chance to do actual flying in zero-g (helmets, elbow and knee pads mandatory - 150 pounds of mass hitting a wall = lawsuit)
zero-g movement training will be mandatory before entering micro-gravity or zero-g areas (free of course, that expensive hotel rate covers zero-g training). Also you have to unlearn some of your earth movement instincts
(excerpt) "Beware losing your orientation, however. If your instincts take over, your brain starts telling you, 'You're falling, reach out and catch yourself.' Your arms and legs flail until you regain rational control and convince your brain you are okay.
Link for the pool, which also contains economic, safety, health, law considerations for space tourism.
Link for What the Growth of a Space Tourism Industry Could Contribute to Employment, Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture and World Peace (rocket propulsion from earth to orbit is assumed - but you can concentrate on the effects and amend to suit your requirements)
Space hotels will also provide real scenario examples for security and safety concerns
can guest inadvertently by accident gain access to restricted areas.
how do untrained space tourists react to fires
is it advisable for space tourists to get (space) insurance
In a world that contains enemies of civilization, just one space elevator is not practical. Shortly after the first space elevator goes into service, it would be used to build other space elevators. This would allow the defense of each space elevator to be much like defense of an ordinary skyscraper, military base, AWACS aircraft, or other high-value target -- practical measures could be taken in the vicinity (or region) of the elevator, backed by credible threats of retaliation.
The credible threats of retaliation might include bombardment using kinetic energy weapons (that were deployed using space elevators).
Space elevators would greatly increase the value of land precisely on the equator, especially if a space tramline were built around the world, slightly beyond geosynchronous orbit.
Many of the bases of the space elevators would probably have low-tax regimes, and thriving immigrant-based economies, much like Hong Kong or Singapore.