In space, so many technological structures exist.
Back in 2009, discovery astronauts made their way to space to install crucial new solar panels on the International Space Station during a spacewalk.
The cost of the solar panel installation at the time? $300 million. This investment was made in order to increase the resident crew size capacity from three astronauts up to six astronauts. The solar panels are a segment of the design that completes the backbone of the station. Two of the astronauts, Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold II, did almost a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk to install the last set of solar panels.
The goal, besides increasing resident capacity, is to be able to bring more power to the ISS in order to boost research programs.
“About an hour after the spacewalk began, the ISS’s motorized robotic arm maneuvered the segment into its permanent position as the spacewalkers made sure it fit perfectly against the station. US astronaut John Phillips and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata directed the arm.
The spacewalkers then bolted the segment into place and connected its cables to the rest of the station. They also completed other tasks that will allow the solar panels to operate.”
Below is a short clip of the astronauts during the solar panel installation.
Since the beginning of solar cell discovery, space programs have utilized solar to help power their satellites. It’s not surprising to see solar being continually used in other aspects to help with power production for space machines and devices.
In fact, farming solar energy has been an idea played with in the past and present. Today’s society is always considering future possibilities in terms of what will happen to mankind. What if one day the Earth was covered by water and it was no longer sustainable for people? What if the sun becomes too intense and close killing off most of the organisms? These things could happen one day. Whether any of us will still be alive or not is questionable, but if it does happen, it could be billions of more years from now. At least I hope so, unless the sci-fi movies were dead on about aliens taking over our planet. Since it takes a long time to do research and discovery and tests for viability, the space programs pose and play an important role in society.
Solar panels are clearly moving into many different avenues. From backpacks, to bicycles, to cars, to roadways, to rooftops, to farms, and to space, they certainly make big impacts for society in a fun and beneficial way.
I’m banking on the plausibility of having all of that happen one day in the future – building a beneficial solar farm in space that actually works. Imagine being able to save so much money and being able to draw in so much more power than the current technology is able to do on the Earth.
Hey, without optimism, there wouldn’t be much hope or advancement. With that said, rockin’ solar is my best bet for the future.