I happen to know this because within the last year I sold one of our MM-6 Stirling engines to someone at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory who was using it in a pitch for funding to the higher-ups to do exactly what you have outlined. Technically it is a wonderful idea.
Personally I will get much more interested in space Stirling engines when one of my classmates from the University of Illinois aero/astro engineering department figures out a low-cost way for me to be able to fly up there and enjoy the view!
Thirty years after the Wright brothers made their first flight you could buy an airline ticket across the North American continent. Thirty years after the first people flew in space, commercial space travel is nowhere to be found. It's high time for someone to figure out a low-cost way to put people safely in orbit and return them safely to earth at a much lower cost than is possible with current methods.
Of course space Stirling engines could be a great part of any space station, satellite, or better yet a space hotel!
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