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Solar cells that power drones that move through the trashosphere of abandoned satellite hulks
Photovoltaics are used to transform solar energy into electricity. The process degrades over time due to chemical weathering, so alternatives to dated cells become lighter, more efficient at capturing a wider array of EM energy, more able to dissipate heat. I am taking the long way to opining that lightweight LEO drone squads could be used to clear debris in what will soon be a junkyard of caroming space junk. The drones themselves could be used to fuse junk together.
The drones could take the junk to stable orbits around Lagrangian points. I think the advantage to using these weird gravity nodes over parking junk on planets and moons is obviously because escape velocity requires a lot of fuel. Drones park and assemble satellite hulks for transport to Martian surfaces for resuse. That will be my son’s job, maybe. Using solar panels, scavenged or otherwise, these drones could power up each day for retrieval, placement, logging, and remote analysis of potentially valuable resources otherwise incinerated when deorbited.
They scavenge for resources for replication, then inventory. Imagine how much of space debris could be repurposed for laser-driven nano-satellite solar sails that zoom to distant galaxies, propelled to 20% of light speed on beams of coherent electromagnetic energy, light n at. Somewhere around Mach 140, give or take a mike drop.
This space recycling effort includes wholesale capture of satellites floating dead in orbit. Imagine how much copper are on these things. There are drones that are basically flying solar panels. Imagine covering your drone with an adhesive aerosol that harvested electricity through extremely thin, lightweight solar cells with a life-cycle that lasted twenty years. That would seem like a glaring omission to any fellow time traveler, conspicuous for its absence. It’s only a matter of time before we have hordes of LEO drones working like Wall-E to protect the ISS and other assets. We will make machines to organize the debris made by machines.
Perovskite can take advantage of composite inputs to deliver desirable efficiencies from a wider spectrum of electromagnetic energy. I have touched on how the superconductor is getting a fresh onslaught of interest due to advances in inhuman computational processes through machine learning, especially through wildly popular neural networks. Parallel, and then edge computing technologies can take advantage of ferroelectric solar modules to turn otherwise dumb surfaces, bulks, or fabrics into ‘smart’ things. You can have reliably reproducible transmission of data through the medium when systems are optimal. These smart paints, clothes, windows, and so forth can be used to process data when the sun is out or not, tuned to produce effects according to arbitrary parameters. I learned about advances in photovoltaic multipliers as a result of an interest in the elegant particle detector Super Kamiokande, known as Super K, twenty years ago. Particle research drives all subsequent interests, because the standard model fails to account for gravity, so I sort of thirst for the new physics that emerge through attempts to unravel the mystery of gravity. I learned how to theoretically create a memory system from this material.
Sensors can detect millionth of degree changes in temperature. Laser rangers can target debris during the day. Perhaps the kids in my class will grow up to develop space drones that harvest and combine hunks of orbital debris, transfer them to Lagrangian points Of course they can, because there is a direct correlation between temperature and black body response. Things work better cold, in laymen speak. Because of bulk resistivity effects, we has cryogenic systems. Room-temperature non-linear superconductivity is sort of a big deal. Can drones help map fine structures from which particles emerge from quark gluon soup? I have no idea! I do know that drones can be used to read RFID tags using infrared sensors (or bar codes) , and that’s rad. Inventory control, in real-time, conducted by a swarm of drones, each completing a site survey at exactly the same time allows a logistics manager to create a program that optimizes delivery from multiple sites simultaneously. This affects dynamic price points and supply chains. I learned about bottlenecks, but I can only assume the proprietary nature of this technology makes it difficult to scrape from idle ‘research’ on the internet. This generation will be faced with figuring how to declutter Earth’s orbital plane. You can use Lagrangian orbital mechanics to locate flying trash, or you can use biomimetic systems to model the retrieval process.
Drones to declutter the orbital plane as a global peacekeeping mission: A science fiction
- Locate inventory (critical)
- Plot trajectories and collisions (critical)
- Assign countermeasure from best choices (critical)
- Move debris to stable Lagrangian points L2 in opposition, L5 drafting behind the Earth in the orbital plane (hello fiction, goodbye budget) . Points L1 and L4 are unstable (23 day reset), and L3 is, as of yet, an unexplored utility.
- Build a ring from the Lagrangian seeds (just one?)
- Repeat the process over 200 years with detachable segments, febrile arcs of the orbital ring used to construct a Dyson sphere perpendicular to the orbital plane. Create a sphere from joining rings along ion channels in the solar system’s magnetic field to leverage passive material accretion (alakazam! poof!)
- Use the sphere to pilot the solar system (I call shotgun) and promote indefinite longevity through gravity tic waves. Tic waves are so cool. You just have to find them and prove that they exist.
- Go to a concert in Alpha Centauri virtually using alien tech that designed us for such a purpose, as stated in a Galactic League contract penned 2 billion years ago.
- Mom’s spaghetti
Shelved this past week due to domestic tasks.
Studying for PE Exams
Back burner. Same story.
Never ends! This curse supersedes other projects. The job hunt window closes in a couple of weeks for all practical purposes.
I became a drone technology service integration researcher in 2017 while in university. When I am not working on drones, I am researching related scientific reports and industry news, flying drones, or tinkering with electronics. Contact me!