First space-to-earth solar power station targeted for Oct. 2010
Sir Charles Shults of Xenotech Research describes their current projects, including assisting deployment of an orbital solar power station; ramping up for manufacturing of an affordable, modular 500W Solar Pod for purchase within six months; and designing a residential wind turbine expected to be 1/3 the cost of others.
Will Space-Based Solar Power Finally See the Light of Day?
SBSP could, according to energy experts, provide constant, pollution-free powerâ€”unlike intermittent wind and cloud coverâ€“sensitive ground-based solar, and without the emissions of fossil fuels or radioactive waste from nuclear power. “[SBSP] is a disruptive technology [in that] it could change the whole energy equation,” says Frederick Best, director of the Center for Space Power (CSP) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Tex.
A couple of items on space solar power satellites. The military is interested, and the Space Frontier Foundation is promoting the idea as well.
Pentagon Eyes Orbiting Power Station
“Military planners responsible for finding space resources to support troops on the ground think the time may be ripe to advance the 40-year-old space solar power concept to help reduce the logistics train behind forward-deployed forces.