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Comment: Re:What does geo-synchronous mean? (Score 1) 218

by viperidaenz (#49376283) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

Nope. No problem. Stick it at a latitude far enough from the equator and it will never be shadowed by the Earth. Something like the top of China, for example.

I'd work it out but I can't be bothered - All you need is the radius of Earth, the orbital radius of the satellite and the axial tilt of the Earth. Eye-balling it looks like it's somewhere around 40 degrees. About where Beijing is.

Comment: Re:36k km only? Useless (Score 1) 218

by viperidaenz (#49376181) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Plan Solar Power Station In Space

There's no atmosphere to pass through and virtually no day or night if you put it in the right orbit.

You'd need to send it millions of kilometres away to make much of a difference, and all you're doing is converting one form of radiation to another. It would also be in a different orbit, so would spend half its time on the other side of the sun.

Geosynchronous is the only option (unless you watch Falling Skies, then you can put it on the moon - sorry if you haven't seen last season yet.)

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