JAXA sent 1.8 kilowatts of electricity 170 feet through the air, in the form of microwave radiation.
“This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device,” a spokesman for the agency told AFP.
Sources – National Monitor (Justin Beach), Tech Times (James Maynard It is a proof of concept that would make inventor Nikola Tesla proud. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully transmitted 1.8 kilowatts of electricity (microwave radiation) 170 feet through the air wirelessly. The beam was sent within 1 degree of accuracy. JAXA leads world research on space-based solar power systems and has plans to build an orbital solar farm in a geosynchronous orbit by the 2030’s. A 1-gigawatt commercial system is planned which would deliver the same power output as a typical nuclear power plant. According to the National Monitor, NASA explored the technology starting in 1978 under the Satellite Power System Concept Development and Evaluation Program though it was cancelled by Ronald Reagan in 1986.
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