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    In this article, space colonization visionary Gerard O'Neil, describes Solar Power Satellites in a nutshell.

    SPS' are a reoccuring theme in space settlement literature and- from what it seems- the best bet for meeting the energy requirements of orbital habbitats.Through a wireless energy transfer scheme, solar energy collected in space could also be used on Earth.


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    meika     Mon, Jan 28, 2008  Permanent link
    US Mil like the wireless energy idea because they are a node of power produciton easily controlled ( unlike solar voltiacs on every roof) and one can use the microwave platform to fry terrestrials if one feels like it.
    uroboros     Mon, Jan 28, 2008  Permanent link
    I find it very alarming that, as species, we have not yet escaped one of our most ancient behavioral patterns like warfare pushing forward technological progress.I think a change in attitude is in order if we are going to reach for space of rather stepping with awe into the unknown than looking for a better way to eliminate ourselves, something like the spirit of the Apollo "we came in peace for the benefit of all mankind".Through that perspective wireless energy transfer of solar power may actually help us make a step forward.
    meika     Mon, Jan 28, 2008  Permanent link
    I'm all for living in tin cans in space, terraforming venus, living on mars and generally moving on.
    sarahf     Wed, Jan 30, 2008  Permanent link
    I read Ringworld as a wee kid and wished that I could be cryo-frozen for many years -only to wake up and live in a spinning ring world (or a Rama).
    meika     Fri, Feb 8, 2008  Permanent link


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