Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Solar Satellite

by Rachael
Most people set up solar panels outside and in the daytime store energy but few set up a solar panels to satellites. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Osaka University Institute of Laser Engineering have created a way to capture solar rays in space and transport the energy to be used here on earth. A single unit placed in space would enerate enough energy to power 500,000 homes. The satellite would be launched into stationary orbit 22,400 miles above the equator that would collect solar energy and convert it to a laser beam to them be sent a earth-based station. This way solar energy can be collected 24/7. Testing will start on Feb. 20 and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2030. For the whole story visit

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