Press Release

Heinlein Prize Trust Announce New Solar Power Concept at IAC Toronto

By SpaceRef Editor
September 26, 2014
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The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (HPT) will unveil a new space solar power concept that it is assisting in developing at the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Tuesday 10:30 a.m.

This new space solar power satellite was developed by Dr. Dave Hyland, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Physics at Texas A&M University and Dr. Haithem Altwaijry, Director of the National Center for Remote Sensing Technology at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). It uses a simple, robust structure, requires no moving parts or on-orbit construction and only requires one launch vehicle to deploy an operational system.

“Space solar power will be an important component of the new space economy,” said HPT Trustee Arthur M. Dula. “This new space solar power concept can provide clean, efficient and cost-effective way of supplying power to the Earth and development of human civilization in space.”

The press are invited to a presentation and Q&A session regarding the new invention at the HPT Exhibit at the IAC exhibitor hall (Booth #137) on Tuesday 10:30 a.m. For more information regarding the event or to RSVP for the press announcement contact Buckner Hightower +1 (512) 363-2279 or email

About the Heinlein Prize Trust: The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein, a renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advance Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space.

About Texas A&M University: Opened in 1876 as the first public institution of higher education in Texas, Texas A&M University is a research-intensive flagship university with more than 50,000 students — including 10,000 graduate students — studying in more than 120 undergraduate and 240 graduate degree programs in 16 colleges and schools.

About King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST): KACST is an independent scientific organization administratively reporting to the Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office.

SpaceRef staff editor.