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🚀At first sight, the regular transport of wealthy people into low Earth orbit seems like the answer to a question the planet wasn’t asking. But might such forays have their uses for the whole of mankind after all? Thread ~👇 telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10…
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Space travel and the environmental movement have been strange bedfellows since the Pioneer 1 satellite used the first practical solar panels in 1958. 🛰️Satellites have been driving innovation ever since - crucial in determining crop health, forest fires, glacier coverage...
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🟢Space travel has been a rich source of new green tech. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies invented to take Apollo astronauts into space are now touted as a clean, reliable alternative to batteries that can power anything from aeroplanes to warships telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10…
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🧑‍🚀NASA is a leader in green engineering. By necessity, all human space travel involves recycling practically everything – water, air and food – so the space agency has been responsible for breakthroughs in water filtration, waste water treatment and soil cleaning agents
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☄️“Space-based technologies and space-derived information are central to climate knowledge, science, monitoring and early warning,” says Nick Shave, chair of UKspace telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10…
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The link between the environment and space travel is even more far-out... 🌕Bill Anders, crew member of Apollo 8, became the first human to witness the Earth peeking over the Moon’s horizon in 1968 - that single snap is credited with inspiring the first Earth Day in 1970
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Bezos’s rocket, Blue Origin, is powered by a mix of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, its carbon footprint – in flight, if not in construction – is zero. ✈️The project’s biggest overall source of CO2 is likely to be the crew and passengers’ flights to its Texas launch site
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British rocket maker Orbex is pioneering bio-propane fuel that chief executive Chris Larmour says can cut CO2 emissions by 90% “Climate change is real, and we don’t want to make it worse,” he explains
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If we can solve problems down here by trying to put someone on the Moon, what could we achieve if we all got a chance to see Earth rise? Read more⬇️ telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10…
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⚡️Experts say the systems - each one able to produce power equivalent to a nuclear plant - would provide 24-hour reliable energy and account for a quarter of Britain’s electricity needs
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🗣️"There is this increasing realisation of just how very difficult net zero is going to be," says Martin Soltau, the space business manager at the engineering and tech-focused consultancy Frazer-Nash
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🗣️"We need to look at these more ambitious technologies if we're going to really deliver that"
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The idea of putting solar farms in space to supply the earth is not new... 💭It was first imagined by the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky in the 1920s, decades before space launches or satellites
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The project would be expensive - perhaps too expensive for something that has not been done before. 💵Frazer-Nash has predicted that five systems would cost around £16.3bn to research and then launch
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🔴But if the Government needs grand ideas to get the UK towards net-zero, it couldn’t ask for one much bigger than this. 🔎Read Technology Editor @jamestitcomb's full report here 👇 telegraph.co.uk/technology/2…
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