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?
If you're referring to a sattelite orbiting the earth creating power, it can in fact create more power than it took to put the sattelite in orbit.
In essence, the sattelite could produce power forever, or at least as long as the earths retains a magentic field. Because the sattelite is in orbit
around the earth, it would not cause the earth's physical motion to decay at all (as it would if it merely passed by an object).
It would however cause the magnetic field to decay, but this effect is extremely small. This sattelite would operate on the exact same principle as
an electric generator using "permenant" magnets orbited by a wire coil. These have been shown to last a very, very, long time.