I like this idea. It reminds me of a poem I wrote several years back… but after looking at that poem I see that it could use a revision or two (okay, now revised).
The poem and the story follow.
Of Noble Endeavor
Solar reflectors in space
The new morning and evening stars
The electromagnetic spectrum
And microwaved to Earth
With fossil fuels running short
New power sources are needed now
Unless cold fusion can be formulated
Why not a solar powered earth
Just make sure
Not to fry your assets
By a misdirected mirror
By Michael A. Crane, Jr.
March 25, 2001
Revised October 13, 2007
Power from space? Pentagon likes the idea
Frontline soldiers could use energy beamed from orbit, study says
By Alan Boyle
Updated: 12:06 p.m. ET Oct. 12, 2007
new Pentagon study lays out the roadmap for a multibillion-dollar push to the final frontier of energy: a satellite system that collects gigawatts’ worth of solar power and beams it down to Earth.
The military itself could become the “anchor tenant” for such a power source, due to the current high cost of fueling combat operations abroad, the study says.
The 75-page report, released Wednesday, says new economic incentives would have to be put in place to “close the business case” for space-based solar power systems — but it suggests that the technology could be tested in orbit by as early as 2012.
The rest of the story is here (as long as the link is still good)