Powersat (The Grand Tour)

By Ben Bova

Two hundred thousand ft up, issues move horribly unsuitable. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a path enormous quantities of miles lengthy. And it its wake is the start of crucial undertaking within the background of space.

America wishes power, and Dan Randolph is decided to offer it to them. He desires of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which assemble solar power and beam it to turbines on the earth, liberating the United States from its habit to fossil fuels and breaking the ability of the oil cartels eternally. however the damage of the spaceplane has left his corporation, Astro production, at the fringe of financial disaster.

Worse, Dan discovers that the airplane labored completely correct up till the instant that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever introduced it down is keen and ready to kill back to maintain Astro grounded.

Now Dan has to string a deadly maze. The noticeable threats are undesirable adequate: Rival enterprises are looking to purchase him out and take keep an eye on of his desires. His former lover desires to co-opt his unlimited-energy concept as a crusade plank for the candidate she's grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA are looking to close down his maverick company. And his collectors are respiring down his neck.

Making concerns much more harmful, a global association of terrorists sees the powersat as a risk to their very own oil-based energy. And they have discovered how one can use it as a weapon of their struggle opposed to the West.

A sweeping mixture of area, homicide, romance, politics, secrets and techniques, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the sting of house and the dawning of a brand new world.

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What do you suggest? ” the Saudi demanded, his lean, hawk-nosed face darkening with displeasure. “Randolph is a imaginitive man,” acknowledged al-Bashir. “What of it? His undertaking is crippled now,” the Egyptian countered, his around bald head just a little sheened with perspiration regardless of the lovers that became lazily overhead. “Randolph is completed, I let you know. ” “Perhaps,” al-Bashir conceded mildly. the overall, sitting up on the head of the desk, requested with narrowed eyes, “What is troubling you, my brother? ” My brother? al-Bashir concept disdainfully. those zealots and spiritual fans are not any brothers of mine. but he saved his contempt hidden. i need to persuade those maniacs of the seriousness of the placement, he informed himself. He driven his chair again and obtained to his toes. All eyes have been on him, the room was once thoroughly silent now. “As I stated, Randolph is a imaginitive guy. And his Astro company nonetheless possesses the ability satellite tv for pc, up in orbit. it truly is nearly accomplished. ” “But with no the spaceplane his undertaking can’t very likely succeed,” the Egyptian countered. “It could be too pricey to carrier the satellite tv for pc, to ship crews as much as fix and retain it. He approximately went bankrupt purely assembling it in area with usual rockets” “True, the spaceplane is the most important to working the facility satellite tv for pc profitably,” al-Bashir admitted. “But the satellite tv for pc itself is worthy a number of billion money, is it no longer? that may be a significant bargaining chip for a guy with Randolph’s abilities of persuasion. ” “Then we’ll blow it up,” acknowledged the Saudi, slapping the tabletop with one long-fingered hand. “That will end him for solid and all. ” “That will end us,” al-Bashir snapped. The others stared at him, virtually overtly adversarial. “Let me indicate that every of our peoples’ victories opposed to the USA has come at a truly excessive expense. September 11th was once through the destruction of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Saddam Hussein’s intransigence resulted in the invasion and humiliation of Iraq. Even our best victory, the Day of the Bridges, has introduced not anything yet devastation and the americans’ everlasting ‘protection’ of the Persian Gulf oil fields. ” “They haven't occupied Iran’s fields! ” the mullah snapped. “Nor Arabia’s,” additional the Saudi. “That will come,” al-Bashir warned, “if we strike brazenly back. ” “But they don’t understand that we're accountable for the spaceplane’s failure,” the overall mentioned. “The complete inspiration of this type of aircraft has been discredited through the crash. ” “That is all to the good,” acknowledged al-Bashir. “But if we blow up the facility satellite tv for pc, what retribution will the livid american citizens take upon our humans? ” The room went silent once more. At size, the final spoke up. “What do you suggest, then? ” Al-Bashir suppressed an urge to grin. i've got them now, he knew. preserving his face completely severe, he answered, “I suggest that we use the facility satellite tv for pc. For our personal reasons. ” solar energy satellite tv for pc It floats in silent vacancy twenty-two thousand 300 miles above the equator, a tremendous flat sq. and a part miles lengthy on both sides.

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