articles tagged: space solar power
wowt explains: what is a dyson sphere?
# space

wowt explains: what is a dyson sphere?

The massive structure designed to capture the energy of an entire star envisioned by Freeman Dyson is popular in science fiction. But can we build it? And have alien civilizations tried a similar idea?

examining hawking’s alien dyson sphere
# science

examining hawking’s alien dyson sphere

Would aliens actually want to build a Dyson Sphere? It wouldn't be out of reach for them, but they might get a lot less power out of it, with a lot less utility than it seems at first glance...

houston, we’ve got a problem with space solar
# space

houston, we’ve got a problem with space solar

Space-based solar arrays promise to harness the raw power of the sun without atmospheric diffusion. But how do we get that power down from orbit?