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- Sep 3, 2006
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Indeed. This is the origninal point: it cannot scale without serious consequences.I think the goal here isn't to create a brand new orbital power grid; I don't think that the tech would scale well.
Now, as long as we keep it anecdotal, yes, we can hope that mamma Earth won't notice too soon, and that the consequences will not be too noticeable too soon. (after I retire? after my second term?)
Still, remains that on the principle, this is simply the most direct way to accelerate global warming. Big or small acceleration, we can choose the scale.
And yes, there is no doubt that it can come in handy in some cases, like remote disaster sites, military adventures, or maybe even darker applications such as frying somebody's critical stuff.
It's just not a safe answer to "very significant energy needs". This would just as "very significantly" accelerate warming.
Yes, as long as you leave the harvested energy in the outer space, there is no problem. The overwarming happens only if you bring it back down into the atmosphere (=the overheating pot)Once we have those orbital routing points, energy would be beamed from several sources (solar, space nuclear, Lunar nuclear and more) and nurture an ecosystem of midpoint space stations and transportation ways.
Maybe I gave the wrong impression: this tech is a great opportunity, for all the applications that keep the extra energy outside of Earth. And for anecdotal-critical emergency applications in it.
I just wanted to dispell the idea that it could be "very significant for our energy needs" down here on Earth. Elsewhere, yes.