Three years ago, China began designing a solar power plant that would transfer energy back to Earth. Its construction temporarily stopped because of debates over its cost and safety, but the project was resumed in June this year. Now the Chinese authorities plan to deploy a 1-megawatt orbital solar station by 2030, and a 1-gigawatt one by 2049, which is the equivalent to the largest nuclear power reactor.

The scientists from Chongqing University say that the project received support from businesses and authorities after China announced its plans to become carbon neutral by 2060.

The World’s Largest Planetarium Is Now Open in Shanghai
The construction of the world’s largest planetarium began in November 2016. The total area of the main building is 38 thousand square meters, and the entire complex measures 58.6 thousand square meters.

The orbital solar power plant will receive light energy 24 hours a day and send the resulting electricity as microwave radiation back to Earth. Energy losses in the atmosphere will be approximately 2%.

The construction takes place in the Bishan district, with 2 hectares being allocated for construction purposes. Local residents are strictly forbidden to enter the buffer zone over safety concerns. Scientists are currently learning to control wireless energy using a balloon located at an altitude of 300 meters above the ground. The next step is to obtain energy from an airship located more than 20 km away. The tests will later take place in space.

China Successfully Tested Its Reusable Suborbital Spacecraft
The launch vehicle with the prototype of the spacecraft that is being developed was launched from the Jiuquan cosmodrome on July 16. The spacecraft made a horizontal landing at the Alxa Right Banner Badanjilin Airport after a suborbital flight.

However, there are concerns that microwave radiation will affect the health of locals, as well as interfere with electronics.