US Air Force Planning for Major Solar Power Launch

US Air Force Planning for Major Solar Power Launch

( – Our nation’s military has been trying for decades to harness solar power in space and send it to our troops on the frontlines. This would practically eliminate the need for supply convoys and likely save lives every year. A new announcement from the United States Air Force (USAF) believes this technology could be operational in just a few years.

On Wednesday, April 21, the USAF premiered its new Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research Project (SSPIDR) video:

The USAF is working with Northup Grumman to develop the SSPIDR project. In theory, the satellite will collect solar rays, translate them to radio energy, and send them to earth. Then, a ground station would convert the radio waves back to usable energy to keep bases, hospitals, and barracks online. Current studies done by the Space Force’s PRAM-FX space plane have shown promising results.

If our military can create this technology, it could change the world. The ability to harness power at any time and send it anywhere would minimize supply line risks on the battlefield, but it could also provide needed energy during natural disasters and to the most remote places on earth.

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