GrandMasterTerwynn wrote:This is absolutely plausible, though if you want to keep the beam usefully narrow, it's going to have to be a very large aperture laser of fairly short wavelength. Though you could to the same with a network of very large mirrors . . . although, if you're at the stage where you can build such installations, you're no longer really "exploring" in the "I plant our flag on this here space-rock for 'MURCA! Fuck yeah!" sense, and more in the "we're going to explore this space rock for volatiles and platinum-group metals to sell on the solar market" sense.
Actually, the subject of High Frontier is precisely that - which is to set up outposts / automated factories throughout the Solar System that can produce new materials and technology (in low gravity) which becomes part of a new Solar System-wide economy.
The remote power satellite technology is a fairly late-game technology, which you probably won't get until quite a few asteroids (and likely both the Moon and Mars) are home to some kind of small colony. But in the epic version of the game (with a map extending to the Kuiper belt), it's very possible to setup this kind of wide-ranging satellite network to aid your push to Pluto.
I will note though, that in-game nuclear rockets tend to be superior (the best one in-game being the Salt Water Zubrin; whereas Project Orion is a support system that is very helpful for launching things from planets / moons with higher gravity), but since we tend to play the game for the "experience" of it rather than the "winning" aspect of it my gaming group tends to look at some of the wackier possibilities. Besides which, it's possible for Earth-bound politics to ban the use of all nuclear rockets and powerplants entirely.