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The Pentagon Wants Space Solar Power for U.S., Allies
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 15 October 2007 11:50

 The Pentagon Wants Space Solar Power for U.S., Allies
Jason Mick (Blog) - October 15, 2007 11:20 AM


 The Pentagon has some advanced solutions for the world energy crisis.

The Pentagon has never shied from developing expensive and controversial plans for new military technologies. Over the past few decades it has engaged in many research programs, including the controversial strategic defense initiative/missile shield, which is finally seeing some measure of success according to a recent article by DailyTech's Michael Asher.

Now the Pentagon has issued a new report that calls for a technology effort, which may leave some scratching their heads, while raising many a cheer from some space flight advocates.

The Pentagon seeks to eliminate U.S. dependence on foreign oil, which comes chiefly from the conflict laden Middle East -- something which it sees as a critical "strategic energy vulnerability". In order to eliminate this dependence, it proposes a radical alternative energy strategy.

The Pentagon's National Security Space Office (NSSO) proposed collecting solar rays in space and beaming it back to Earth. It stated in the report that it feels that this is a "near-term" solution, which could be realized very quickly.

Such a move it says in the report, would allow U.S. forces deployed around the world to eliminate the long logistic chain needed to deliver fuel to vehicles and other generators, by beaming power directly where needed. The NSSO labels the technology Space Solar Power (SSP) and has issued a press release (PDF) on a blog it is publishing with the Space Frontier Foundation.... More

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