February 19, 2019
China is planning to build a power station in space powered by the sun.
The design would sit in Earth’s orbit and turn the sun’s rays into electricity before beaming the energy back to Earth.
It would provide a near-constant supply of electricity if the technology needed can be developed ahead of the 2030 guideline set by the Chinese space agency.
A test of the technology is expected to take place between 2021 and 2025 in the stratosphere before a one megawatt solar facility is spent into space by 2030, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily.
Future missions will be bigger and more efficient, the plans claim.
An experimental testing base has already been established in the western city of Chongqing to work on the project.
The Asian superpower has the second largest amount of state money allocated for space exploration – behind only the US.
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China’s $8 billion (£6.19 billion) annual budget has seen it rapidly catch rivals such as Russia and the US in the battle for space superiority.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:30 am