U.S. Navy Beams Up Energy
The U.S. Navy has revealed a plan to beam high power energy rays from Space to Earth, providing a new source of power. The project is extremely difficult and requires a brand new form of technology that is completely unmatched. Perhaps, the world could seen be getting its own version of the machine that was able to beam up Scotty!
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Dr. Paul Jaffe, a spacecraft engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, has built and tested two types of module to capture and transmit solar power.
The scheme uses a ‘sandwich’ module, which packs all the electrical components between two square panels.
The top side is a photovoltaic panel that absorbs the Sun’s rays.
An electronics system in the middle converts the energy to a radio frequency, and the bottom is an antenna that transfers the power toward a target on the ground.
The modules would be assembled in space by robots to form a one kilometer, very powerful satellite.
A second design, a ‘step’ module, modifies the sandwich design by opening it up, which allows it to receive more sunlight without overheating, thereby making it more efficient.
Even the Navy admits the plan sounds like a sci-fi plot.