Japan Goes "Out There"

JAXA Plans To Launch Solar Array

Japan is really "out there".  They have come up with a space-based solar array that will beam power back to Earth.  JAXA, the Japanese version of NASA is launching a small scale test to see if they can get enough power over the 2.4GHz band to power a household heater at 50 meters.  If the tests are successful, they hope to launch a constellation of solar panels that would each beam power to a 1.8 mile wide receiving station that will produce 1 gigawatt of power.  That's enough electricity to power 500,000 homes.



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