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Benefits: Weather Modification
Many scientists (Scientific American, October 2004, cover story) believe that the use of large solar power satellites to tweak temperature conditions in the eyes of hurricanes, could control the path of hurricanes, or downgrade them to tropical storms. These Solar Power Satellites would also be useful for electric power generation, beamed to Earth as microwaves.
These satellites would be large. To make the building of solar power satellites affordable, use of lunar mineral resources and space-based manufacturing would be needed. The activity of many astronauts would be needed to make this goal achievable. Achieving this goal will be possible after returning astronauts to the Moon to stay. Lower space transportation costs would be needed.