20 December 2010

SBSP Close to $1 Niche Market Today?

From: http://quantumg.blogspot.com/2010/12/soonest-space-solar-power.html
"It appears space solar power is now ready for niche markets, such as forward military bases, where the price of power can be as much as $1/kWh."
"It should come as no surprise that reducing launch costs makes space solar power more feasible. What does surprise me is that sufficient specific power improvements in solar collection has been demonstrated which makes it reasonable to choose a lower efficiency beaming technique, with the resulting effect on the mass of the spacecraft making it launchable on existing boosters. This is a revolutionary idea which not only makes sense right now but defines a path for future work that will bring space solar power to the meter."

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