Space Solar Power: The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward. John C. Mankins, Editor. International Academy of Astronautics. November, 2011, 272 pages. PDF 50 MB.
Sky’s No Limit: Space-Based Solar Power, the Next Major Step in the Indo-US Strategic Partnership by Peter A. Garretson. Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. ISDA Occasional Paper No. 9. August, 2010, 174 pages.
Space-Based Solar Power As an Opportunity for Strategic Security. Report to the National Security Space Office, October 2007, 75 pages.
- Space Solar Power: Exploring New Frontiers for Tomorrow’s Energy Needs – NASA DVD, 2002 (1 hour 45 minutes)
Lunar Resources Utilization for Space Construction. Study conducted for NASA by General Dynamics Convair Division in 1979 concluded that lunar resources could supply 90% of the material for power satellite production and become cost effective if more than 30 satellites are produced. A nice summary of this study appears in Toward Distant Suns, Chapter 8.
Electric Power from Orbit: A Critique of a Satellite Power System. National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, 1981, 356 pages. Evaluation of the DOE/NASA studies. See article Press Misinterprets NRC Report on SPS and discussion of this report in Sun Power, Chapter 8.
Space Solar Power Program. International Space University, Kitakyushu, Japan, 1992, 530 pages. An overall development plan to demonstrate technologies and progressively evolve toward full commercial implementation of space solar power.
- 2022: A Lightweight Space-based Solar Power Generation and Transmission Satellite. Caltech Space Solar Power Project. 41 pages [PDF]
- 2019: Opportunities and Challenges for Space Solar for Remote Installations. Naval Research Laboratory, October 21, 2019. 103 pages. [PDF]
- 2016: Lunar Based Self Replicating Solar Factory. Justin Lewis-Weber. New Space, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016, pp 53-62. [PDF] [WEB] [Article in Popular Science]
- 2011: A Space Solar Power Industry for $2 Billion or Your Money Back. Al Globus. July 2011. 7 pages [PDF]
- 2011: Operational Demonstration of Space Solar Power (SSP): Economic Analysis of a First Revenue Satellite (FRS). A. C. Charania, John R. Olds, and Dominic Depasquale, Spaceworks Enterprises. 7 pages. [PDF]
- 2011: Towards an Early Profitable PowerSat Part II. Al Globus. May 2011. 15 pages. [PDF]
- 2011: US-India Power Exchange Towards a Space Power Grid. Brendan Dessanti, Nicholas Picon, Carlos Rios, Shaan Shah, Narayanan Komerath, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. International Space Development Conference, May, 2011. 9 pages. [PDF]
- 2010: Kalam-National Space Society Energy Technology Universal Initiative. R. Gopalaswami, October 2010. 13 pages. [PDF]
- 2010: Towards an Early Profitable PowerSat. Al Globus. October 2010. 7 pages. [PDF]
- 2009: Space-Based Solar Power: Possible Defense Applications and Opportunities for NRL Contribution. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, 23 October 2009 (updated from 23 November 2008). 107 pages. [PDF 3.0 MB]
- 2009: Financial and Organizational Analysis for a Space Solar Power System: A Business Plan to Make Space Solar Power a Reality. Sun Xin, Evelyn Panier, Cornelius Zund, Raul Gutierrez Gomez. Toulouse Business School, France. May 18, 2009. 179 pages. [PDF 10.7 MB]
- 2009: Space Water: The Vision for Producing Fresh Water Using Space Power, Space Water Consensus Group, www.spacewx.com, April 2, 2009. 17 pages. [PDF]
- 2008: The End of Easy Energy and What To Do about It. A White paper by Michael Snead. 126 pages [PDF 5.5 MB]. Also a 2-page summary “America’s Energy Future is at Risk without Space Solar Power” [PDF 400K]
- 2008: Recommendation on Space-Based Solar Power. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Space Enterprise Council. 3 pages. [PDF 31K]
- 2006: An Evolutionary Model for Space Solar Power. Nicholas Boechler, Sameer Hameer, Sam Wanis, Narayanan Komerath, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings, February 2006. 8 pages [PDF]
- 2004: Reinventing the Solar Power Satellite. Geoffrey A. Landis. NASA/TM-2004-212743. 35 pages. [PDF 399K]
- 2000: Final Report NSF-NASA Workshop on Autonomous Construction and Manufacturing for Space Electrical Power Systems. 51 pages. [PDF 268K]
- 1997: A Fresh Look at Space Solar Power: New Architectures, Concepts, and Technologies. John C. Mankins. International Astronautical Federation IAF-97-R.2.03. 12 pages. [PDF 629K] [HTML]
- 1985: Solar Power Satellite Built of Lunar Materials. Space Research Associates study for the Space Studies Institute. Provided courtesy of Space Studies Institute. 100 pages. [PDF 1.5 MB]
- Additional Space Solar Power Papers