Heh... Neither was I until I decided to delve a little deeper!Thank you. I was not aware of that.
Agreed.Disadvantages resulting from the nature of orbital mechanics would make the arrangement of the orbits of the swarm extremely complex.
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Another potential problem is that the increasing loss of orbital stability when adding more elements increases the probability of orbital perturbations.
Well, I was trying to follow the flow.... sphere --> swarm --> plate(?).Helio, mate, are we not looking at Dyson "systems" capturing stellar radiation? I can't see any Lagrange Point making much difference. As you point out, L1 partially "eclipses", whilst L2 is eclipsed by the planet?
Well, I mean that fabrics and catapult for mirrors can work on electrical energy.Of course 1 mirror might not be enough, but several can already reflect sunlight to the collector, which can give energy to Mercury.Raw materials can be harvested there.Where is it shown that a first mirror provides "the energy to build the other one" and this must include, of course, manufacture including energy and raw materials (which are?)?
There is plenty of iron in Mercury's core, which is inaccessible. Any near the surface must be quarried as ore and then purified.Well, I'm not a professional, but it is assumed(Stephen L. Gillett. Mining the Moon. Analog, Nov. 1983 ) , that on Mercury there are huge deposits of iron ore.Which can be used for the production of mirrors.Also there might be deposits of Helium-3 in Mercury's ground, which, cannot be used anyhow for now.
(Info taken from wikipedia)
Same on Mercury.There are LOTS of solar energy.As Sun is close and Mercury's atmosphere is very rarified it is the best solution for getting energy.Do you do this on Mercury or transport it elsewhere for refining?
Somewhere you have to built the ore refining plant and provide it with energy.