Graduate University member of the International Academy of Astronautics IAA the

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Graduate University), member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Sigma Xi Research Society, President of ARTEMIS Innovation Management Solutions LLC, a research and development management consulting start-up that solves tough innovation challenges for government, industry and not-for-profit clients, and Co-founder of Managed Energy Technologies LLC, a new energy technology start-up that aspires to transform solar energy solutions for terrestrial and space markets, 25-year career at NASA ranged from flight projects and space mission operations, to systems-level innovation and advanced technology research and development management,, 2K8 (John C., Spring, ad Astra, Special Report: Space-based Solar Power Inexhaustable Energy From Orbit, page @ , ) At an altitude of 22,240 miles above Earth , a great platform orbits, using vast, mirrored wings to collect a continuous torrent of sunlight always available in space . With few moving parts, the platform redirects and focuses this solar energy onto concentrating photovoltaic arrays— converting it into electrical power. In turn, the power is transmitted wirelessly — and with minimal losses— to highly-efficient receivers the size of airports on the ground . It is a seamless, endless transfer: The platform constantly gathers more than 5,000 megawatts of sunlight and delivers more than 2,000 megawatts of clean, near-zero carbon electrical power to customers as needed anywhere within an area the size of a continent. It can be routed directly into the electrical grid as base-load power—and divided across a half dozen or more receivers to meet local peak power needs. It can be used as well to power the annual production of hundreds of millions of gallons of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels . In an era when new energy options are urgently needed, space solar power is an inexhaustible solution—and the technologies now exist to make it a reality. The world cannot wait much longer . While the past century has been one of the most remarkable periods in human history, it has also been dominated by the use of fossil fuels. Yet, the accelerating global consumption of affordable and available energy sources will soon present fundamental challenges. In less time than has passed since the founding of Jamestown, today’s coal reserves will be forever gone . Also, most scientists agree that the use of fossil fuels is profoundly altering both local environments and the climate of the world itself. Capturing solar power from space-based platforms can solve this crisis. This is energy that is essentially carbon-free, endless and can be dispatched to best meet the dynamically changing requirements of populations separated by thousands of miles.
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