The magazine of the National Space Society
Volume 20, Number 1 Spring 2008
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On The Cover: A solar power satellite orbits 22,240 miles above the Earth, collecting the sun’s energy and transmitting it safely to the surface in this illustration from artist Kris Holland.
Additional information on Space-Based Solar Power is available on our website.
Note: The entire Special Report on Space-Based Solar Power (comprising the first five articles listed below) is available as a PDF file [1.5 MB]. The links below provide additional information.
ENERGY FROM ORBIT
The technology now exists to place great orbiting platforms in space, where they can capture solar energy and redirect it to receivers the size of airports on Earth.
By John C. Mankins
AN ENERGY PIONEER LOOKS BACK
The man known as the “father of solar power satellites” reflects on the beginning of it all. An interview with Dr. Peter Glaser.
By William Ledbetter
Solar power from space can help keep the peace on Earth.
By the Space-Based Solar
Power Study Group-the Caballeros
See the full report on Space-Based Solar Power As an Opportunity for Strategic Security
A NEW COALITION
The NSS announces the Space Solar Power Alliance.
By Arthur Smith
Correction for end of article on page 33: Gen. Armor is called a “past president” instead of “former director” of NSSO.
ON THE MOON
Lunar materials can play a major role in the development and launch of solar power satellites.
By Al Globus
50 AND COUNTING
NASA celebrates five decades and Ad Astra joins in with a timeline that includes landmarks in NSS history.
By Katherine Brick, Marianne Dyson, David Brandt-Erichsen, and Mark Hopkins
MIXED SIGNALS FOR ARECIBO
The world’s largest radio telescope is still vital 45 years after it began
By Joan C. Horvath
Priorities for 2008
By George Whitesides, NSS Executive Director
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
By Mark Mayfield
Space Settlement Broadly Defined
By Mark Hopkins
LETTER FROM THE
Space & Energy: A Catalyst for Creating a Positive Future
By Gary Barnhard, Chairman of the Executive Committee
Promises and Perils of Political Prospects
By Greg Allison, Chair of the Policy Committee
Getting the Word Out Worldwide
The ESA’s Columbus Lab in space