Energy Independence for the United States - Soon

Energy independence! Technology exists to harvest the unimpeded solar rays from the Moon and send them to Earth for the use of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!! A demonstration will be given tomorrow at the National Press Club. Details below.

Then we can stop fighting these oil wars.

"John C. Mankins, former manager of NASA's Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program, and one of the foremost experts on space solar power, will announce on Friday a milestone demonstration of the critical technology enabling SSP: long-distance, solar-powered wireless power transmission." The official announcement will be Friday, September 12, 2008.

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 9:30am

National Press Club, Lisagor Room
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

John C. Mankins, COO of Managed Energy Technologies LLC
Mark Hopkins, Senior Vice President, National Space Society

Hosted by:
National Space Society

Please RSVP to:
Katherine Brick
(202) 429-1600


Fuzz said...

For Real?

Econo-Girl said...

Would I lie to you, Fuzz?

The Lazy Iguana said...

So the moon is now our property?

What happens when the moon is not visible from the USA? Can someone else borrow some of that energy when we can not use it?

And what happens when it is a new moon? The moon is in Earth's shadow, so there would be no power?

And would there only be power for a full moon? What if the moon is at a quarter phase? Would there be solar collectors all over the moon, so that at any phase there is power?

They must have some way of tracking the moon, to redirect the beam. Otherwise there will be this invisible ray of death ripping across the face of the planet.

Moon - satellite in a geostationary orbit - ground based receiver - national power grid?

Seems to me there would have to be multiple ground stations. Otherwise there will need to be some thick transmission lines.

Centralizing the power system would make it an easy terrorist target.

The Chinese can shoot down stuff in orbit.

Seems like a whole lot of technical things to work out. Solar cells in orbit around Earth, and not on the moon, seem like a more workable option.