Jeff Foust reports on the “Lost in Space” panel discussion on space policy (see earlier post) at Rice University : In the search for a “definitive” national space policy, no definitive answers – Space Politics
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The National Space Society‘s annual conference is happening in just a few months: ISDC 2013. May 23 – 27, 2013. San Diego, California – Global Collaboration in 21st Century Space
They have a call out for talk proposals with Abstracts due 7 Feb 2013 : Int’l Space Dev Conference Call for Proposals
The sessions will include four on solar power from space:
Space‐Based Solar Power
PAPER TOPICS ‐ FRIDAY
Session 1 Friday a.m.
“Timing, Budget, Economics, and Commercialization of SBSP” Funding sources/methods, Urgency, pace Amounts needed, how to sustain, Net Present Value, Cost‐of‐ownership, Financing
Session 2 Friday p.m.
“Components, Infrastructure, and Enabling Technology for SBSP”
Rectennae and WPT, Energy conversion Power management, Thermal management Station keeping, structural dynamics On‐orbit assembly, Repair, protection, robustness, safety, Sustainment, end‐of‐life
PAPER TOPICS ‐ SATURDAY
Session 3 Saturday a.m.
“Motivation, Urgency, Scope, and Collaborations for SBSP”
Baseload power uses, Space settlement Leadership, Innovation, Economics, Environment
Session 4 Saturday p.m.
“Architecture, Pathways to Success, and Obstacles for SBSP”
Orbital configurations, Launch systems SSP architecture, Transition pathways Global initiatives, Resistance/Opposition Politics & Policy