California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists have transmitted space-based solar power to Earth for the first time.
They achieved this milestone using a space-borne prototype called the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD-1), developed by Caltech.
The prototype collected solar energy from space and converted it into electricity, which was then transmitted back to Earth.
The transmission was made through a series of microwave power transmitters.
This accomplishment holds promise for the future of renewable energy – space-based solar power could potentially serve as a sustainable and reliable energy source, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and contributing to a cleaner environment.
While this achievement is noteworthy, there are still challenges to address.
The scalability and cost-effectiveness of implementing space-based solar power on a larger scale require further investigation.
Nonetheless, Caltech’s SSPD-1 project signifies progress in the exploration of space-based solar power.