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Beyond Earth Releases Space Solar Power Report

Press Release From: Beyond Earth Institute
Posted: Friday, August 27, 2021

The Beyond Earth Institute (BEI) unveiled “Catching the Sun: A National Strategy for Space Solar Power,” a new report on Space Solar Power (SSP) today. SSP uses solar panels in space to collect power from the Sun to serve the energy needs of the people on Earth. The full report can be downloaded here.

“It is rare when a single project can help us achieve so many goals” said Tony DeTora, Beyond Earth VP of Policy Coherence. “SSP enables climate resilience, energy independence, redundant power systems, space exploration, international relations, and economic development. And by leveraging American advances in computing, manufacturing, and launch, SSP can deliver clean, renewable, carbon-neutral energy within a decade.”

Recent SSP R&D programs, along with advances in computing technology, robotics, materials, space infrastructure, and low-cost launch have opened the window for SSP to move off the drawing board and into space. The report explains why now is the right time for the US government to support the technological development of SSP. Furthermore, BEI’s report comes at a time in which there is significant U.S. and international interest in pursuing this space-based technology. Including Japan China, Russia, the UK and the European Union, among others.

The BEI report provides support and background for a proposed Space Policy Directive (SPD) presented to the White House National Space Council Chair, Vice President Kamala Harris, calling for a “A National Strategy for Space Solar Power.” The full text of the draft SPD can be found here.

The key recommendations in the report and detailed in the draft SPD include:
  • Declare that the development and use of SSP technology is a key national goal and an integral component to meet our energy needs in the future
  • Take a “whole of government” approach to SSP technology assessment, development, demonstration, and use
  • Develop the necessary SSP technology and systems
  • Deploy and use SSP and wireless power transmission systems
  • Design SSP systems to meet the existing and potential future terrestrial commercial needs, as well as the NASA, DoD and commercial space mission requirements for government and commercial use
  • Resolve spectrum management, space sustainability, and other regulatory issues
  • Resolve operational security, cybersecurity, and other security issues
  • Demonstrate SSP and wireless power transmission systems within space and from space to Earth
 
About the Beyond Earth Institute
 
The Beyond Earth Institute is a 501(c)(3) U.S. non-profit organization (application pending). It is at the heart of all related initiatives that impact the success of the space movement with respect to human expansion beyond Earth. Beyond Earth’s focus is on technology readiness, worldwide public support, and related public policy enactment, including recommendations for policy initiatives. Beyond Earth conducts primary and secondary research, then consolidates and publicizes reports to be delivered and presented widely throughout the space policy community both in the U.S. and internationally.

For more information press only:
 
                David Bullock                                          
                701-330-5602         
         david@beyondearth.org
 
For more information on Beyond Earth Institute:
 
           Visit: beyondearth.org

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