Orbiting Solar Array Could Be a Reality!

It may sound a little out there, like something from a Star Trek script, but the United States Navey has come up with a plan, as well as two testing modules that would harness solar energy from the solar system and redirect it to earth for energy usage.

Two different prototypes of solar modules are being built in the US Naval research laboratory under the guidance of Dr Paul Jaffee.

The idea is to launch a plethora of these modules into space and then have robots assemble them in space to form a satellite which would harvest the solar energy found in space and beam it back down to earth! I told you it sounded like a science fiction script!

Dr. Paul Jaffe, a spacecraft engineer at NRL, has built and tested a module to capture and transmit solar power. Even Jaffe admits the idea of an orbiting solar array that would beam energy to our planet seems kind of crazy. But, like most novel ideas, he says, “Hard to tell if it’s nuts until you’ve actually tried.” – See more at: http://www.nrl.navy.mil/

The modules harvest solar energy by pv (photovoltaic) panels which are arranged on one side of the module. The energy is then converted into a radio frequency which can then be beamed back to a receiver on earth.

One major hurdle in this design is the expensive, launching anything into space is expensive let alone a multitude of modules and robots.

Definitely one to keep an eye on in the future, in particular as the cost of space launches goes down.

Whilst building your own orbiting solar energy collector may be to daunting a project for the average householder, you can harness your own solar energy by building diy solar panels like the ones found here…

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