China Is Planning Power Stations in Space
The Middle Kingdom will launch solar farms into orbit within a decade to harness a steady supply of solar energy that would be beamed back to Earth, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily. Small tests of the technology will begin in 2021, with a megawatt-level facility planned by 2030 and a gigawatt-level station by 2050.
Is China winning the space race? It has an $8 billion annual budget for space exploration — second only to the U.S. — and reportedly plans to 3D print the first lunar base.