According to the International Academy of Astronautics, space programs could be implemented within 30 years with the sole purpose of capturing solar energy from space to provide for energy needs of earthlings.
The scheme developed by scientists around the world staged power plants in orbit that capture the sun’s rays before them passing to the ground. This process is technically feasible within a decade or two, nothing that based on existing technologies in laboratories.
Specifically, the project would be to launch satellites into geostationary orbit in charge of capturing the sun’s energy and provided with adjustable articulated arm. The major advantage of the proposed system lies in the positioning of the various satellites in orbit over the equator that receive maximum sunshine and permanent (24/7).
Each satellite would transmit then the collected energy to a master device, which in turn convert the concentrated energy to electricity after transmitting to the Earth via laser or a microwave antenna. Finally, ground equipment would look to recover these flows and inject them into power systems.
“A pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of this technology is quite possible thanks to low-cost launch vehicle currently under development,” said John Mankins, – former manager at NASA Concept – who led the study.
However, there are obstacles before reaching such an embodiment, the report quoted jumble: the problem of space debris, the lack of targeted studies and the final cost of development. The report therefore recommends that the actors both public and private sectors jointly funding feasibility studies.