[LMB] Chinese soletta?
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Sun Oct 21 13:02:44 BST 2018
The simplest solution to maintaining a stationary orbit is to use a solar powered electric (ion) thruster. According to NASA over 100 satellites currently use such technology to maintain orbit. The Dawn Space 1 which was launched in 2007 uses a hydrazine fueled ion drive and was scheduled to use the last of its fuel last month The latest designs use xenon and require about 1/10th the fuel of the Dawn 1. The Komarr Soletta would almost certainly have some form of thrusters, and being manned could be refueled easily.
Btw the Russians did a brief space mirror experiment in 1993. https://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/05/world/russia-s-mirror-in-space-reflects-the-light-of-the-sun-into-the-dark.html
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