Books: “The Case for Space Solar Power” + “Space Elevators: An Assessment”

Former NASA manager and long time proponent of space based solar power, John C. Mankins has published a new book on the topic: The Case for Space Solar Power (available in both hardback and kindle versions).

The National Space Society, not suprisingly, likes it: New Book: The Case for Space Solar Power – NSS Blog

A strong case for harnessing space solar power is presented in this ground-breaking new book. Author John C. Mankins, one of the foremost experts in the field, presents his latest research in The Case for Space Solar Power.

The Case for Space Solar Power recounts the history of the space solar power concept and summarizes the many different ways in which it might be accomplished.

Specifically, the book describes in detail a highly promising concept — SPS-ALPHA (Solar Power Satellite by means of Arbitrarily Large Phased Array) — and presents a business case comprising applications in space and markets on Earth. It is possible to begin now with technologies that are already at hand , while developing the more advanced technologies that will be needed to deliver power economically to markets on Earth.

The Case for Space Solar Power lays out a path forward that is both achievable and affordable. Within a dozen years, the first multi-megawatt solar pilot plant could be in operation.


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The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) has examined another ambitious space technology and found it to be feasible and promising: Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way ForwardSee also