@W6BXQ; that’s the hazard we face with any space assets when the Sun gets frisky. A good big flare and Coronal Mass Ejection, that finds it way to Earth, could not just disrupt satellites, but the power grid and much of our terrestrial electronics as well. Sort of a dress rehearsal for an EMP. 73!
@jfmcenanly; what I had in mind was a ring arrangement of cable, 2 x 36,000km x pi, with assigned slots for the satellites to clip onto, thus distributing the forces to keep everybody in alignment along the geosynchronous Clarke Orbit.
While there might be some decay, at that distance, atmospheric drag is quite small, and fuel needs are mostly for station-keeping, which could be shared around the merry-go-round. Arrive at the right spot, match velocity, and clamp on.
We then would have to have a ‘garbage-collection’ service, since nobody could dodge debris anymore without letting go.
The elevator is either a rotating ‘wheel’ with no rim and one pair of spokes, that touches down at the right spot to take on passengers and cargo (see Robert Forward), or a heckuva tall tower, that passes through the zero-G point and balances itself with the pull outward of the outer part. Still a good idea (and of course, we appreciate Sir Arthur, including his 1945 expression of the whole idea of commsats).
The material strength is getting pretty close to enough to do it, too! Kim Stanley Robinson used such a structure in his Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars epic trilogy, with homage to Clarke.