Orbiting solar panels could become reality

A new federal study released Wednesday concluded that continued increases in oil prices may finally make the generation of solar power in orbit economically competitive.

The report urged the government to sponsor a demonstration of the technology to spur private investment in the concept.

“This is a solution for all mankind,” said former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, chairman of the spaceflight advocacy group, ShareSpace Foundation. Aldrin joined a group of other space advocacy organizations to unveil the report in Washington.

Since the Space Age began 50 years ago, scientists have dreamed of launching acres of photovoltaic cells into orbit and beaming the electricity electromagnetically to Earth’s surface but have stumbled over the project’s high cost and the technical difficulties.

Full article:  Los Angeles Times


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