Timmy ElsewhereDecember 15, 2008 Tim WorstallTimmy Elsewhere2 CommentsAt the ASI. Why not spend the fiscal boost on saving Gaia? previousBritblog Roundup 200nextAs Always 2 thoughts on “Timmy Elsewhere” Mr Potarto December 15, 2008 at 6:13 pm “given that such systems would be in geostationary orbit we don’t have to worry about night and day (or cloud cover, obviously) so we solve the storage problem as well.” Is that right? I would have thought that geostationary orbit meant that half the time the satellite would be in darkness, producing no power. Tim adds: Err, no. Geostationary is a long way up. Mr Potarto December 15, 2008 at 7:37 pm It would be 36,000 km above the Earth, the Earth’s radius is about 6,000 km. I see, it’s describing a circle seven times larger than the Earth, so it would only be obscured by the Earth for a small period of time around midnight. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.