Here Comes the Sun: Mirrors in orbit would reflect sunlight onto huge solar panels, and the resulting power would be beamed down to Earth. Image: John MacNeill
Imagine looking out over Tokyo Bay from high above and seeing a man-made island in the harbor, 3 kilometers long. A massive net is stretched over the island and studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, which convert microwave energy into DC electricity. Also on the island is a substation that sends that electricity coursing through a submarine cable to Tokyo, to help keep the factories of the Keihin industrial zone humming and the neon lights of Shibuya shining bright.
But you can’t even see the most interesting part. Several giant solar collectors in geosynchronous orbit are beaming microwaves down to the island from 36 000 km above Earth.
It’s been the subject of many previous studies and the stuff of sci-fi for decades, but space-based solar power could at last become a reality—and within 25 years, according to a proposal from researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The agency, which leads the world in research on space-based solar power systems, now has a technology road map that suggests a series of ground and orbital demonstrations leading to the development in the 2030s of a 1-gigawatt commercial system—about the same output as a typical nuclear power plant.
- The US Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
- Space-based solar power
- Space-based solar power (wikipedia)
- Solar Power via the Moon (pdf)
- Solar Power Satellite Design Considerations
- URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems (pdf)
- Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
"I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. Didn’t your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?"
A Little Princess (1995)
So I met Christian Long tonight, Justin Long’s brother.
Earlier this summer I met Christopher Fitzgerald parents.
I seem to be meeting relatives of known people.
I’ll probably just wear T-shirts forever.
wait lets not forget the person (aka my mother) who than always points out that your bra is showing and that you need to fix it. >.<
HLEP ME I CAN’T BREATHE
When I was a kid I thought your 20s were supposed to be fun, not filled with perpetual anxiety about financial stability and constantly feeling like an unaccomplished piece of shit.
That’s because it was fun for baby boomers and they basically gave us this impression it would always be like that, but then they ruined the economy.
Favourite Classic Films (in no particular order)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), dir. Joseph L. MankiewiczYou can be much more alone with other people than you are by yourself, even if it’s people you love.
ahahhahaha what the fuck is wrong here is the siren damaged or something. I’ve heard this exact siren before but never all creepy like this
actually the reason the siren sounds like that is because it’s echoing through the tall buildings of downtown chicago!
Normally I would thank the science side of tumblr, but still convinced that this is silent hill
Game of Thrones theme song played by the Queen’s guards
I’M SCREAMING I REALLY AM
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