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Then you just have to worry about cars crashing through your walls.
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Until the alignment of the mirrors is disturbed and it kills millions of people.
"Sorry, the positioning systems have failed. It's going to randomly burn trails in the Earth's surface until someone can get up there and destroy it"
They get a little warm? The energy would be spread out over many square kilometers. Most of the radiation would pass through them though, unless they picked a frequency that was absorbed well by bird guts.
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.
They fixed that problem in SimCity 3000, no more disaster risk
Unless instead of reflective paint, a series of mirrors to focus the reflections on a small area of the earth.
It won't just be 8x brighter though, because it will be 10.5x closer in GEO. That alone would make it 110x brighter. It could be as bright as 1/30th of the sun
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.)
New grand ideas?
This is straight out of SimCity 2000. That's 22 years old now.
Yeah, they can putty around, and collect the debris that's travelling up to 6km/s (the space tug will be travelling at 3.07km/s to stay in GEO, the debris may be orbiting in the opposite direction)
What's it going to be made of that can withstand a projectile at those speeds?
They'll be able to cook entire cities of popcorn filled houses.
Radiating heat is not the only way to remove the energy from the sun.
The most obvious other way is converting it in to electricity. Increasing the efficiency of the solar cell reduces the amount of heat that needs to be removed.