Status Report

Energy from Space: Examining the Potential of Space to Provide Energy for Earth

By SpaceRef Editor
July 24, 2007
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Where & When

The Capitol Hill Club 300 First Street SE Washington, D.C.

August 8, 2007

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Provided Reservations Required

Please RSVP by calling

(202) 296-9655 or email

As the nation considers calls for energy independence, might answer lie in the heavens? Capturing solar energy in space and transmitting it to Earth presents intriguing possibilities for those concerned about energy supplies, environmental policy, national security and the continued development of space commerce. But, is it possible to cost-effectively harness power from space? Dr. Martin Hoffert of New York University and John C. Mankins of Managed Energy Technologies LLC will review the current state of the technologies and outline steps needed to determine the feasibility of utilizing space to provide energy on Earth.

About the Speakers

Dr. Martin Hoffert – Professor Emeritus of Physics and former Chair of the Department of Applied Science at New York University, Dr. Hoffert is a leading authority on advanced energy technologies. Prof. Hoffert has published broadly in fluid mechanics, plasma physics, atmospheric science, oceanography, planetary atmospheres, environmental science, solar and wind energy conversion and space solar power.

John C. Mankins – During a 25-year career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Headquarters, John Mankins was the lead for NASA’s 1995-2001 Space Solar Power research, as well as serving as the manager of the Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program. Since leaving the space agency, he has become a successful technology management consultant, and continues to pursue advanced renewable energy technology as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Managed Energy Technologies LLC, and President of the Space Power Association.

George C. Marshall Institute

The George C. Marshall Institute, a non-profit research group founded in 1984, is dedicated to fostering and preserving the integrity of science in the policy process. The Institute conducts technical assessments of scientific developments with a major impact on public policy and communicates the results of its analyses to the press, Congress and the public (

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