Posted: Mar 14, 2022 12:55 pm
by hackenslash
newolder wrote:I recall such proposals from the 1980s and one of the stumbling blocks was around the "beaming the energy down to the surface" section. Maser technology was calculated as the most energy efficient but a misdirected beam (due to deliberate or accidental satellite orbit disturbance) could easily result in "boil in the bag" outcomes for some denizens beneath. :doh: However, seeing as how I'll be long gone before such schemes are operational, have at it... :popcorn:

I recall. We've ascertained via no robust work whatsoever that we can control this by use of gyroscopic alignment using whatever technology is eventually decided on for LISA only, in our scheme, this alignment will also be used as a failsafe, so that any misalignment with the collector stations if it drifts even a micron off axis will cut off the transmission.

The technology to achieve this doesn't yet exist, but we're confident with no justification that we can pull it off if we believe hard enough.