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The Power Of Helios by Marrekie The Power Of Helios by Marrekie

A second generation Solar Power Satellite is nearing completion in earth orbit. Only the big transmitter array was launched from Earth. The main truss segments and photovoltaic panels were manufactured in orbit, using asteroid mining materials. Technological developments and decreasing launch costs have revigorated research into this method of energy production. Organisations such as JAXA (Japan) and EADS Astrium (Europe) are currently considering 'proof of concept missions'. I would love to see this tech developed!

 

Sketchup 3D / Photoshop - 2013

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Techy-Ben Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Nice design. Not sure if asteroids could provide the materials needed for solar panels. Thankfully though, the moon has lots of silicon. :P
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
No worries, if you mine the right rock, you'll have all the silicon you need >> www.nss.org/settlement/asteroi… :)
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Nice design - though wouldn't solar power satellites be victims of Jon's Law? 
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Well, that's up to society. Glad you like the design!
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Kasterborous Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Society... or a Bond villain ;)
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Ywander Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Damn man, ik wou dat ik jouw gevoel voor compositie had!
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Bedankt gozer. Die reflectie van de aarde heeft een hoop tijd in photoshop gekost 
. :)
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
The only thing preventing this, is the fact that boosting the people and construction materials to get things started right is buttloads expensive and not very efficient. Nicely done!Clap
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thanks man! Yeah, initial costs will be high. The development of asteroid mining companies should make a big difference though. Time will tell. :)
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TypeProton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think we should also consider the management of 'space waste', things like decommissioned satellites.
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