In the near future earth’s power consumption is gonna grow un unimaginable amounts. As we are looking for cleaner ways of energy its hard to find the right way to supply us with our power needs. One of the new ideas that is being brought up is the “Dyson Sphere”, but it is way our of our reach some might think.
Almost out of a science fiction movie the “Dyson Sphere” will do the unimaginable. It is planned to enclose or surround the sun in a set or rings of solar panels that will harvest the maximum amount of power from the sun. This is said to be the best way as of right now to supply the earth with power needs once space travel starts to becoming more consistant.
Thousands of concepts are being developed such as the picture above. As someone who enjoys space and the idea of alien life I find the concept pretty astonishing. Not only would this solve the power needs of our civilization, but it would be the cleanest way to retrieve energy.
The final idea would to fully encapsulate the sun to the point where no sunlight would be able to leave. This would encapsulate planets up to earth in a sphere almost like the inside of the death star. Right now plans by fans and some scientists of this idea are being developed.
Since a full encapsulation is way in the near future most people are trying to develop different setups such as a “Dyson Swarm” which are independent solar satellites that are built in a very dense formation. From here different formations are being setup such as a ring or a bubble. With the bubble though (as shown below) the satellites are being spread out more allowing for easier orbit around the sun.
The idea of the “Dyson Sphere” is far from reality but how far? I do believe technology has advanced so fast in the last 20 years that we are a civilization are still trying to adapt and catch up to technology itself. The Dyson Sphere is the next idea for clean energy and its soon going to be here along with space travel! Additionally, some quirks have to be buffed out with this idea such as does it have an affect on the surrounding area or the idea of beaming power down to earth as it would be very dumb to have a cable to run down to earth though I would like to be connected to that power line if that did happen!
Last week on February 6th, 2018 Space X launched the falcon heavy into space to orbit the sun. The mission was accomplished by shooting this three stage rocket from NASA’s space station in Florida. This launch was to test the power of the Falcon Heavy’s new booster that was only tested a few months ago. Space X along with Elon Musk, owner of Space X, were very concerned about the rocket being launched so early, but it all worked out for them.
The most insane part of this is that 2 of the 3 boosters landed back on earth successfully as shown in the picture above. The third booster lost control and landed into the ocean with a speed of over 30,000mph. That third booster was suppose to land on a barge in the ocean after breaking off from the rocket.
This rocket is planned to be used to transfer supplies into orbit or even to the moon which is the next destination. The rocket can carry a total payload of a little bit over 140,000lbs. The rockets were so powerful that the planned trajectory, to orbit the sun, changed and now it is headed to Mars!
The funniest part of this event is that Elon Musk put a roadster as the payload in the rocket! To add to the effect he put a dummy in a space suit in the driver seat. On the screen in the car is text saying “DON’T PANIC”. Hopefully life on mars will be able to take advantage of the car.
Space X has already lost video feed from the car itself due to the batteries in the camera’s dying, isn’t that ironic! To add to the humor the dummy had one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the outside, almost as if he was cruising down the highway.
Realistically, this is a major success for Space X as it continues to be funded by the government and by investors. The rocket only costs $90 million dollars to launch which may sound like a lot, but is only a small chunk of change for Elon Musk. Landing the boosters back on earth can help reduce the amount of metal being landed in the ocean as well allow for re-usability. This re-usability will allow the rocket to be launched more often than usual and in the long run allow us to reach mars! Space X and Elon Musk are looking forward to building the next rocket which will be name BFR, which stands for Big Falcon Rocket. This will hopefully allow us to travel further than we have ever flew before.