Ha, the company I work for has several patents in microwave power beaming. There won't be space to earth powerbeaming any time soon. The problem is that you don't want to get between the transmitter and receivers Too much liability there. We have a prototype system in our lab, kind of cool actually, but it will remain short range for a while. There are plans of having satellite to satellite power transfer, especially in probes. NASA has plans for doing this with a mother ship lander on Mars and mini rovers that explore away from it, getting powerups from the 'Base'.Originally posted by barkmonster
I remember when I was a kid I used buy quest magazine, a science monthly and it had an article once on using solar panels on huge satelite that would beam the energy back to earth in the form of extremely powerful microwaves.
If they could somehow combine both technologies (assuming they're both past theory stage) it could pretty much solve a hell of lot of worlds energy needs.
Ah, really, 5000' - I found no reference to this at all, and I don't think it going to have guywires, its going to be made out of concrete, and the base seems to indicate that it will be stable.Originally posted by BenderBot1138
Very interesting ... I've never seen anything like that, but anything that will bankrupt the Bush Oil family is ok with me.
Do you mean 3000 feet Dukestreet? Communications towers go above 5000 all the time. Doubtful its freestanding either, guywires are normal, and the prototype there is loaded with guywires, but definitely 3000 would make my jaw drop open... Ninth wonder of the world anybody?
Well, it would be being microwaves from space mostly, but either way, there are issues with getting in the way of the beam....not good.Originally posted by BenderBot1138
Forget about beaming Microwaves into space... with that kind of construction knowhow, how long can it be before we build railgun like devices to launch into space?
It is 500' you meant. There are no structures, no matter if towers, buildings or whatever, being that tall.Originally posted by BenderBot1138
Maybe 500 feet using Saskquatch feet I'm just going from memory. I had a relative who built communications towers for a living. The big uns were 5000 plus as I recall (going from memory), but nearly all Communications Towers are guy-wired. Used to hear stories about workers sliding down the guywires using clips or kids cutting the guywires to watch them fall.
Even using the moon, you have a non-geostationary object that is very far away. The precision required to get the beams to hit the Earth at a designated location is not going to be simple. And it would have to track, if you're off by a bit you could really do some damage.
Well, its not all that difficult physically and technologically - the problem you have with it (aside from getting to the moon and setting it all up) is making sure it doesn't stray off target. A small deflection on the moon and it could be 100s of miles on Earth. One swipe over a population center, well, you know what happens in a microwave oven?Originally posted by onetime
I guess I have to agree with fact that it would be rather diffucult to beam microwave energy some 250,000 miles.