NASA Satellite Could Transmit Solar Energy From Orbit
By Luisa Rollenhagen
It’s called the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array, or SPS-ALPHA for short.
As seen in the video above, the satellite — which looks a bit like a margarita glass — will capture solar rays while using microwave transmission panels to beam converted solar energy back to Earth in the form of radio waves, all thanks to its unique shape.
The radio wave receivers on Earth will be a large conglomeration of diodes woven together to create a mesh-like structure that can be placed anywhere on the planet. It could be hung over farmland, remote areas, and even disaster sites, where power is rare or nonexistent.
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