The first launch of China’s first satellite into space will be within the project in 2028.
The project consists of three satellites flying at a distance of 400 km from each other.
These satellites will test technology for transmitting energy from the space station to Earth.
The English-language newspaper, “South China Morning Post,” said that the satellites will transmit solar energy to microwaves or lasers, and then direct energy beams to various targets, including fixed and moving sites on the ground.
And the British “Sky News” network reported, on Tuesday, that a similar project was proposed by the US space agency “NASA” two decades ago, but it has not been moved forward.
The announcement of the promising Chinese project came during a study that was reviewed and published in the Chinese Journal of Technology and Space Science.
Britain is seeking to implement a similar project for the new China station, but in 2035, at a cost of 16 billion pounds (20 billion dollars).
British government-funded research on solar energy in space says that satellites in orbit around the Earth receive more light 99 percent of the time and with a much greater intensity than solar panels on Earth.
The research concluded that the idea of the project is to collect the abundant solar energy in space and send it to fixed points on Earth.
The Chinese plant could direct these energy packages to other countries, as energy exports or as part of Chinese aid abroad.
Unlike other renewable energy sources on Earth, the space power plant will be able to provide energy during the day and at night, and at any time of the year, regardless of the weather.
But it’s not that simple, as there are huge engineering challenges facing the project, according to study author Professor Dong Xuyi.
Among these challenges, for example, that directing high waves of energy over long distances, requires a huge antenna, and that the solar wind, gravity and the movement of satellites may disturb the movement of energy transmission.
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