Space-Based Solar Power: Energy for the 21st Century

Once again, TED takes up fifteen minutes of my life. I mean that in a good way, of course.

The only problem I have with any part of this video is the fact that NASA and the DOE and the DOD aren’t doing enough with this. Hell, it would only revolutionize the country’s attitude towards space, and create hundreds if not thousands of jobs, and bring in tons of money, all for less than it takes to spend three days in the Middle East.

In my opinion, the idea that the United States couldn’t do everything we want it to do in space is ridiculous. The kind of money we blow on less important things is mind-boggling. You want to stimulate the economy? Spend money in space. There’s no end to the jobs you would create, or the new technologies and resources you would acquire. Pretty much the entirety of the national economy can be reproduced in space, in some aspect or another. Janitorial services? Fuhgeddaboudit. Why clean up trash in some crappy high school when you can do it on a base on the north pole of the Moon? Or in a space colony? Or simply in space?

SBSP provides an economical way to launch a massive space-based infrastructure that will have incredible benefits for this country and the world at large. The irresponsible thing to do (as some call space spending) would be NOT to invest.

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