OceanBased Perpetual Energy shared a special kinship with the recent achievements of the first manned SpaceX Dragon launch and docking with the International Space Station, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Primarily, those who watched both the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule recovery, as well as the OceanBased Power Demonstration Video Documentary, noted the familiar similar profiles of the Guice Offshore industrial and research vessels used by each, respectively. To recover the Crew Dragon, SpaceX enlisted the 170 ft “GO Navigator,” whereas in order to test its ocean current energy generators, OceanBased used the heft of the mighty winch on the “GO America” stern.
But beyond that, space research and the role of the International Space Station in providing needed statistics and observations on climate change is critical in the march toward a carbon-free future on earth, which would include clean energy providers like OceanBased Perpetual Energy and the electricity it derives purely from the power of the Gulf Stream ocean current.
NASA writes: “Scientific instruments onboard an international fleet of satellites are routinely sounding, measuring and analyzing the Earth’s environment, providing key data for understanding long-term changes in the Earth’s climate. To supplement the work of the dedicated Earth observation satellites, the European Space Agency, or ESA, has launched an announcement of opportunity, or AO, for new station experiments for climate change relevant studies.
Various natural physical processes modify the atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces on short and long-term scales. In the past 150 years, human activities have resulted in significant changes in many aspects of Earth’s environment, including increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, modification of the nitrogen and phosphorous cycle and major alterations of land use (e.g., deforestation). It is crucial that we understand the interaction of human-caused alterations and natural changes to predict future changes in the Earth’s environment. In turn, this information will assist sustainable development in relation to human activities while minimizing degradation of the environment and limiting the vulnerability of society to climate change.
ESA, along with other international agencies, is currently operating a number of Earth observation satellites carrying dedicated instruments to address specific mission objectives. These are supported mainly by ESA’s Living Planet Program, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, or GMES, Program (jointly carried out with the European Union) and ESA’s Climate Change Initiative.”
To read the entire NASA article on “Using the Space Station to Understand Climate Change,” click here.