Re: Open Air Space Habitats (excerpted)

Michael Lorrey (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 19:05:33 -0500

Forrest Bishop wrote:
> Open Air Space Habitats (excerpted)
> Daylight can be either provided naturally, using a suitable
> arrangement of mirrors, or artificial. The design
> presented here uses one or more artificial suns rotating above the
> atmosphere at a slower rate than the
> habitat is spinning, so as to give a 24 hour day. These lights need
> about a million megawatts (a terawatt) or
> more of electricity to power them, which might be provided by
> photovoltaic cells covering the exterior. For
> positions farther from the Sun than Earth is, this power source can
> also be augmented or supplanted by off-
> World Solar Power Satellites beaming energy back to microwave antennae,
> as well as separate mirrors to
> increase the energy reaching the solar cells. To keep the lit portion
> of the ring from lighting up the nightside,
> a shade is included as part of the rotating artificial sun system.

I still take exception to placement of objects within the ring, unless
they are held in place by spoke wires made of monofilament. THese should
be numerous for redundancies sake.

One thing I'm interested in checking out is the possiblity of using
Raisch and Puthoff's ZPF theories to build virtual lenses in space,
which could be used out at distances like that described to focus large
volumes of solar flux to provide not only illumination for the ring, but
concentrated light for power needs. Such lenses would be of zero "true"
mass, merely warps in the time-space fabric that is the Zero Point Field
that act to bend the sunlight to the designers needs.

			Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------		Inventor of the Lorrey Drive

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