#8: Ben Nowack - Selling Sunlight to Solar Farms After Dark
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#8: Ben Nowack - Selling Sunlight to Solar Farms After Dark

Episode 8: Ben Nowack built a fusion reactor in high school. Now he’s building huge mirrors in space that reflect sunlight onto solar farms at night.

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(00:00) - Intro
(00:39) - What Reflect Orbital is Building
(02:30) - How the Satellite Mirrors Work
(06:16) - Deploying the Mirrors in Space
(10:14) - Mirror Size Considerations
(13:51) - Dealing with Space Debris and Micrometeorites
(17:07) - Early Demonstrations with High Altitude Balloons
(23:11) - Advantages over Other Space Solar Concepts
(28:56) - Target Customers and Business Model
(35:57) - Constellation Size and Orbit Design
(40:42) - Using Solar Sailing for Propulsion
(49:38) - Benefits of Solar Sailing for Space Exploration
(54:06) - Tiny Force of Solar Sailing and Payload Limitations
(55:58) - Maintaining Altitude vs Pointing at Solar Farms
(59:14) - Attitude Control with Control Moment Gyros
(01:02:44) - Desaturating Control Moment Gyros
(01:05:21) - Monte Carlo Simulations for Constellation Design
(01:11:00) - Monte Carlo Simulation 101
(01:13:38) - Exciting Developments in Solar and Energy
(01:22:17) - Sunlight as a Service Business Model
(01:24:04) - Wrap Up and How to Learn More

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Creators and Guests

Christian Keil
Host
Christian Keil
Host of First Principles | Chief of Staff @ Astranis
Ben Nowack
Guest
Ben Nowack
We sell sunlight after dark