Can We Actually Build a Dyson Swarm?

It’s far easier than most people believe

Erasmo Acosta
Predict

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Imagine how an airplane or a skyscraper would look to a Neanderthal, whose kind had not even discovered the wheel. In the 60s, Sir Arthur Clarke wrote in Profiles of the Future, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It inspired the expression Clarketech: a technology so astounding and prodigious it would allow a civilization to achieve feats beyond our imagination.

When we hear Dyson swarm, Clarketech immediately comes to mind. Yet this collective of space colonies delivers all the benefits of a Dyson sphere and is within the modest means of humankind.

Rather than designing a strong enough material to cope with the stress of a gigantic shell around our star, we build individual island-size rotating habitats. After a few millennia, we’ll have enough of these colonies to capture the Sun’s entire energy output and house billions of times our current population in upper-middle-class living conditions.

New technologies and materials developed in zero gravity (and with easy access to vacuum) will enable the construction of continent-sized habitats that can house billions

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Erasmo Acosta
Predict

Casualty of Corporate America. Sci-fi writer. Science Junkie. Learn about my dystopian novel K3+ at https://erasmixbooks.blogspot.com