Using satellites to produce energy could eliminate the need for other power sources but how do you get the energy back to earth? Beam it.
This idea has been around for a while but it could have profound impacts that aren’t well understood. I find these kinds of stories fascinating and I think they relate to the discussions we have here.
Questions that aren’t addressed here are what effect would this have on climate? Yes, it could obviate the need for new sources of power but what about the effects of the beam itself? What about transmission lines and who would control it once it gets here? No doubt it would be controlled by some megacorporation if past history is any guide.
Other practical questions are how do you protect such a large object from space debris? What would such an object do to the night sky?
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