The US Air Force is engaged in growing a system that might enable the navy to gather photovoltaic power in space and ship it right down to Earth.
Stars and Stripes reported that the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is engaged on a greater than $100 million undertaking, alongside Northrop Grumman, often called the Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstration and Research venture (SSPIDR).
The SSPIDR would acquire solar energy in space and convert it right into a radio frequency to beam right down to Earth, which might then be transformed again to vitality by receiving stations on the bottom.
The thought might sound like one thing out of science fiction novel; however, it has been round because of the Nineteen Sixties, as Stars and Stripes stories. Not solely would the SSPIDR permit the army to ship power to distant outposts; however, it could additionally eradicate the dangers presently concerned in getting electrical energy to outposts in hostile areas.
At the moment, navy conveys should deliver diesel gas turbines to outposts, exposing troops to potential ambushes. Nonetheless, the SSPIDR would enable the outposts to obtain power without placing US troopers’ lives in danger.
Col. Eric Felt, director of AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate, advised Stars and Stripes, “To make sure DOD mission success, we must have the power we want on the proper place on the proper time.”
Engadget experiences that China plans to launch, develop, and launch an analogous system by 2025.
The SSPIDR would even be simpler than current solar panels, the US Department of Energy estimates that roughly 30% of vitality is mirrored into space by Earth’s ambiance. The SSPIDR might accumulate power all day lengthy — if it is positioned correctly in space — and repeatedly beam it all the way down to Earth.
In 2014, the Department of Energy stated that Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) might assist communities throughout the globe.