THE SOLAR SPACE RACEJuly 1, 2015
As I observed earlier this week, space seems to be the large behind the scenes story, and this article, shared by Mr. E.G., is no exception. Japan is in a race with NASA to perfect the first arge, space-based solar-microwave power stations:
It's the context here that's intriguing, for as we noted earlier this past week, Mr. Abe has extended the current session of the imperial Diet into September in order to pass laws allowing Japan to rearm beyond the current constitutional ceilings, and assume a greater and more vigorous foreign policy. As I've been arguing, in the short to mid-term Japan is presenting this as a means of aiding and assisting the USA in collective security in the eastern Pacific. But as I've also argued, in the long term Japan seems to have taken the strategic view that it can no longer rely upon the USA for its security needs, and, should the US empire implode, Japan will need the capability to defend itself against any potential aggressor.
But there's another context we need to recall: in 2013 I blogged about Japanese plans for a Moon-based solar power array that would then beam microwave power to the Earth (see JAPAN WANTS MICROWAVE SELENOSOLAR POWER PLANTS ON THE MOON). In that article, I pointed out that beaming microwave power to the Earth for electricity could, with the flip of a switch, be made to turn a powerplant into a death star. Mere days after I pointed out the potential military application, China did the same: CHINA, THE MOON, AND GEORGE LUCAS. As I pointed out in that second article, China was not fooled by the Japanese plan, and came right out and stated that it wanted a similar type of "power plant" on the Moon, and actually called it a "Death star."
Nw Japan is again underscoring its plans for space-based microwave power satellites, which, in the context of the "easy" weaponizability of such technologies, and in the context of Mr. Abe's rearmament plans, and in the context of American calls for a space warfare command center, puts the following comments into rather a different (microwave) light:
Japan, China, India, Europe and the U.S. have research programs to harvest solar energy from space. Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, Japan conducted a review of all its available energy options. In 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), considered the global leader of space-based solar systems, presented a 25-year development roadmap of ground and orbital demonstrations that culminates in the 2030s with a 1GW commercial system. This output is similar to typical nuclear power plant.
According to the IEEE, wireless power transmission, where JAXA is focused, is the most daunting challenge to solve. NASA is working on very efficient, and very aesthetically pleasing flower-shaped, solar collectors that will beam microwaves to earth. NASA proposes to develop its Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) through four generations of prototypes with final launch in 2025.
Not surprisingly, Japan has been testing wireless power transmission, and achieving some rather remarkable results:
Alternative Energy News reports that on March 12th, 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of “wireless power transmission.” In the test, MHI successfully transmitted 10 KW of electricity via microwave to a receiver 500 meters away. This test also confirmed that advanced control technology could direct the microwave beam to stay on target. Will this success pique other countries’ interest?
Apparently it has picqued other countries' interest, for as noted, every space power seems to be on the space-based microwave power bandwagon. And as I pointed out in my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizationsi, such plans for microwave power satellites were part of secret US studies in the early 1960s... the only drawback to the plan was, of course, that the collection points on Earth for such enormous energes would literally make the collection centers inhospitable to life. All life.
So what's the high octane speculation here? Simply this: with all the talk recently of "decarbonization" courtesy of Chancellorin Merkel (and Germany's own moves away from nuclear power), it would be very easy, and in fact tempting, for the world's space powers to accomplish their "decarbonization" agenda, and reconstrue their energy requirements and to provide a convenient cloak or cover story to the weaponization of space with extraordinarily powerful and strategic offensive systems, all in one efficient stroke. Reading between the lines a bit, behind all the talk of asteroid detection and defense, a microwave power system could easily be converted into such a system to destroy, or "nudge", asteroids away from (or to) the Earth or, if Mr. Putin is particularly recalcitrant, simply to "bake" a region of Russia to force him to reconsider.