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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.

 

 

MACJR

 

 

 

 

Of Noble Endeavor

 

Solar reflectors in space
The new morning and evening stars
The electromagnetic spectrum
Harnessed
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

http://www.macjr.com

Revised October 13, 2007

 

 

Power from space? Pentagon likes the idea

Frontline soldiers could use energy beamed from orbit, study says

 

 

By Alan Boyle

Science editor

MSNBC

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.

 

 

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P.S. Getting the formatting to work right on this board is such a royal pain sometimes that I sometimes give up and leave the mess as is.

 

This was one of those times.

 

It sure would be handy if this board worked better with Word formatting.

 

 

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