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Originally posted by spike
So the loss in speed of the sattelite and consequensial need for a "boost" in orbit will nulify the energy genreation? This makes sense. I think the generated energy probably came at least in origin from the rockets that boosted the shuttle to that orbit in the first place. Along this line of reasoning, the shuttle just collected some kind of "magnetic friction" and released it as electricity. But still can't produce more than it took to establish thee orbit in the first place? What goes up must come down huh?
Originally posted by slank
Don't the moon and Earth orbit the Sun as a system?
The moon is slowly slipping away from the Earth.
When we lose it won't that leave the Earth alone, light, and spiralling away from the Sun?
In essence, the satellite could produce power forever, or at least as long as the earths retains a magentic field.