The US Air Force is looking to beam solar power from outer space, according to tech gurus.
The United States’ most technologically-advanced branch unveilled a device known as “Helios,” named after the Greek sun god.
Helio will be part of the Arachne space craft, the USAF Research Laboratory’s main component of the pace Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR) project.
Scheduled to launch in 2024, Arachne will be responsible for powering other spacecraft, and proving concepts that NASA is interested in exploring.
“Arachne will demonstrate emerging technologies that support the ability to convert solar energy to radio frequency (RF) power, using innovative ‘sandwich tiles’ as well as the feasibility of transmitting that energy to the ground and converting it to usable power,” the USAF reported.
According to Popular Mechanics, the craft is set to launch in 2024.
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