Graduate University), member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International AstronauticalFederation (IAF), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Sigma Xi ResearchSociety, President of ARTEMIS Innovation Management Solutions LLC, a research and development managementconsulting start-up that solves tough innovation challenges for government, industry and not-for-profit clients, andCo-founder of Managed Energy Technologies LLC, a new energy technology start-up that aspires to transform solarenergy solutions for terrestrial and space markets, 25-year career at NASA ranged from flight projects and spacemission 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 wingsto collect a continuous torrent ofsunlight 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-efficientreceiversthe size of airports on the ground. It is a seamless, endless transfer: The platform constantlygathers more than 5,000 megawatts of sunlight and delivers more than 2,000 megawatts ofclean, near-zero carbon electrical power to customers as needed anywhere within an area thesize of a continent. It can be routed directly into the electrical grid as base-load power—anddivided across a half dozen or more receivers to meet local peak power needs. It can be used aswell to power the annual production of hundreds of millions of gallons of carbon-neutralsynthetic fuels. In an era when new energy options are urgently needed, space solar power is an inexhaustible solution—andthe technologies now exist to make it a reality. The world cannot wait much longer. While the past centuryhas 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 availableenergy sources will soon present fundamental challenges. In less time than has passed since the founding of Jamestown, today’s coal reserves will be forevergone. Also, most scientists agree that the use of fossil fuels is profoundly alteringboth local environments and the climateof theworld itself. Capturing solar power from space-based platforms can solve this crisis. This is energythat isessentially carbon-free, endless and can be dispatched to best meet the dynamically changingrequirements of populations separated by thousands of miles.