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"With an assumed SSP slot spacing of 50 miles, about 3,300 SSP platforms could encircle the Earth. With 5-GWe supplied by each SSP platform, the potential for supplied electrical power could total approximately 16,500 GWe—nearly equal to the entire world’s 2100 needed dispatchable generation capacity. In addition to having the potential to provide nearly the entire world’s supply of dispatchable electrical power, the substantial excess off-peak electricity could be converted into approximately 154 Q-BTU per year of compressed hydrogen fuel."
Furthermore, "An SSP platform will be a very large satellite—perhaps 5 miles long and massing 50,000 tons."
The shear number and size of these platforms makes space junk a bigger problem; if a platform was hit every day it would be a problem. Repair teams might be overloaded.
Then again, I'm not expert and you are from a corporation that is working on this concept. Are these numbers correct when compared with your experience? Would any collision damage have to be repaired soon or later?
micrometeoroids for a big problem with large windows, at the speeds involved in orbiting, even the best bulletproof glass won't stop it.
Thank you for your post.
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We have all ready ruined our orbit. I can see mars becoming a junk.
But then, Mars would be very, very, very hard to mess up. But, we are doing dumb things like this
"The current plan is to sterilize these spacecraft in a "patchy" way - that is, to thoroughly sterilize every part and component of the spacecraft that has any serious chance of coming into contact with the Martian soil and rock samples from the moment they are collected to the time they are landed on Earth in a sealed capsule, while still using the less strenuous (and far cheaper) cleaning measures for the other parts of the spacecraft."(http://www.spacedaily.com/news/life-01q1.html)
Thank you, you gave me a good idea for a blog post.
But, I ask you this. We are not made to live in swamp land, yet we drained many acres of swamp land we can can live on it. We build artificial islands all the time, we have created towers of steel so we may live in the very air above prosperous areas. We can't we do the same to other plants. Why can't we create living space from inhabitable land?