The idea of the Pentagon is to use the enormous potential that lies in space in terms of obtaining energy from the Sun and using it to power space installations and those located on Earth. The idea is not new, but now we can finally make it happen. The experiments will take place in 2 years.
There are no clouds and unfavorable weather conditions in space. Solar energy can also be harvested non-stop as there are no times of day. The efficiency of solar systems is many times greater than on Earth. Scientists want to take advantage of these benefits because the technological level already allows us to do so.
The SSPIDR project envisages the construction of solar farms in orbit and the ability to convert solar energy into radio frequency (RF) energy, using innovative 'sandwich plates', and the ability to transfer this energy to the Earth and transform it into usable energy.
To start with, the Pentagon is building a spacecraft called Arachne and the Helios solar system. The vehicle will be equipped with special solar plates and an energy transfer system to orbital vehicles as well as to Earth. The device is to be sent into space as early as 2023. Then, experiments are to take place that will answer the question whether such technology will fulfill the hopes placed in it and will come into use. Experts believe it is already certain that this will happen.
The idea of using solar energy for the operation of new space stations and bases on the moon may seem ineffective. After all, the Pentagon is also working on new, highly efficient nuclear propulsion and nuclear generators that will provide a lot of energy for the lives of astronauts and colonizers. However, the US military also clearly focuses on ecological solutions. Maybe they will not be as effective as nuclear technologies, but maybe they will be much cheaper to produce and safer for humanity.