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India Needs To Create Solar Power Satellite: ISRO

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The depleting energy resources in the country can be countered by tapping into the unlimited solar power available in space, felt Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation and Secretary of the Department of Space K Sivan.

Making a strong pitch for creating a solar power satellite, Sivan said,  “We need to have a solar panel on the spacecraft. It should have 30 kilometers length and 10 kilometres in width. This spacecraft needs to put into space and it will convert solar energy into electrical energy and then into microwave energy,” he explained. The microwave energy is sent to the ground and then it needs to be converted to electrical energy.The New Indian Express reported that while delivering the 11th Air Chief Marshal LM Katre Memorial lecture 2018 organised by the Air Force Association at the HAL Convention Centre on Saturday, Sivan said installation of a nuclear plant will not be permitted anywhere in future. Removing the nuclear waste too is a big issue, he said.

However, to do that, we need to transport thousands of tonnes of material. This is possible only if we can undertake frequent space trips with a reusable space launch vehicle. “Every day, it should make a thousand trips. Within 40 minutes, it should go and come back,” he said.

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