NASA has launched huge solar panel into space. They will be soaking up the sun’s rays from high above Earth.
The energy will be beamed down to our planet where power stations will pick it up and farm it out to customers.
The Solar Panel is cheaper than some alternatives.
It is made up of thousands of thin, curved mirror-like pieces which could move around to ensure that they pick up as much sun as possible.
The inside of the SPS-ALPHA is lined with photovaltic panels which convert the sun’s energy into microwaves.
These microwaves are beamed down to Earth out of the bottom end of the ‘cocktail glass’.
On the NASA website Mr Mankins writes the solar panel is a bio-mimetic approach to the challenge of space solar power.
The solar panel is constructed of huge platforms from tens of thousands of small elements that remotely and affordably deliver 10s to 1000s of megawatts using wireless power transmission to markets on Earth and missions in space.’
The technology could make it more likely that mankind could build a Dyson sphere.
The spherical solar panel goes around the Sun and will give us more energy than we ever need.
Turning the solar energy into microwaves and beaming them across space could now provide the answer.
A group of Japanese companies and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also plan to launch a solar space station next year.