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Discovery Channel to Show Documentary on Space-Based Solar Power!

Posted by Coyote on September 3, 2008

I told Mike “Green Hornet” Hornitschek that we’d be famous!

The Discovery Channel (which my kids LOVE and we LOVE them watching it!) will show a documentary on Space-Based Solar Power at 10pm on 12 September, 2008. We filmed it in Washington DC at the Space Frontier Foundation’s New$pace 2008 conference (you are a member, aren’t you?). It was so totally cool working with the pros from the Futures Channel who did the filming (they must work closely with the Discovery Channel). It was amazing watching them do their thing.  They turned a small conference room at the hotel into a studio, wired us up, created mood lighting, and all that Hollywood stuff. These guys were entirely professional and WOW, it was entirely motivational being around professional media people who want to tell a story so kids get excited!

So, here is the preview from our most excellent friends at the Futures Channel:

Space-Based Solar Power on the Futures Channel

Make sure you tune-in to the Discovery Channel when it airs. Record it, and share it with all your friends, consistent with the laws in your viewing area*!

Cheers!

Coyote

* We’ve got to be careful with copyright laws…I once got into a kerfuffel because I described a baseball game to a friend of mine without the expressed written permission of the commissioner of major league baseball!

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Obtaining Orbital Parking Slots and Frequencies

Posted by Coyote on August 31, 2008

I was asked two interesting questions yesterday by people interested in commercial development of space-based solar power (SBSP):

  1. How would a company obtain a geostationary parking slot for a SBSP satellite?
  2. How would a company obtain a license to broadcast power from space over radio frequencies?

Excellent questions. Here are the answers that I slapped together from the Internet. (Special thanks to Maldivian Digital, and Wikipedia for having some well researched info posted on their sites!) Please check my work and let me know if I’ve embarrassed myself in public (again):

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Ad Astra Special Report: Space-Based Solar Power

Posted by Coyote on April 9, 2008

Look at the attention you’re getting!

Our very good friends at the National Space Society recently published a special report of their acclaimed Ad Astra magazine covering Space-Based Solar Power! It goes into some technical details, but best of all it tells the story about how the Caballeros worked with the National Security Space Office to make the Space-Based Solar Power Study Group report become reality.  It was based on a lot of the work done right here, on this blog!

So for those of you who have been contributing to the discussions here, THIS IS A STORY ABOUT YOU and the good things you’ve been doing here. So, the next time your spouse or significant other complains that you are spending way too much time in the blogosphere…toss him or her a copy of this magazine and say, “I’ve been doing important work to solve the energy crisis!” You’ll be telling the truth!

Kudos to the National Space Society and their Ad Astra team–they are great people to work with and are doing a great job advancing humanities spacefaring prowess. You are a member, aren’t you?

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Space Solar Power Presentation at LIFT08

Posted by Coyote on March 2, 2008

Many have already seen this, but it is well worth posting here.

Guy Pignolet from the Sunsat Energy Council gave an interesting presentation about Space Solar Power on 7 February 2008 at a recent LIFT08 Conference.

To see the presentation, click here: Space Solar Power by Guy Pignolet (Moderator- Bruno Guissani)

Enjoy!

Coyote

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Space Solar Power Demo: WWWWW & H?

Posted by Coyote on January 12, 2008

It’s time to get busy again!

Our very good friend, Hu Davis, recently circulated some good questions regarding the who, what, when, where, why, and hows of demonstrating space solar power. He poses the questions from the perspectives of two groups; space solar power enthusiasts, and some NASA people who work the International Space Station (ISS). (Please note that like the rest of us, our friends at NASA-ISS are just brainstorming with us to see what help the ISS might be able to lend to advance space solar power concepts–there is no official NASA position or policy on any of this yet.)

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What Comes Next? Phase 1! Your Comments Needed!!!

Posted by Coyote on November 3, 2007

I’m back by popular demand…and you are back by even more popular demand!

It’s been almost a month since we published the Interim Assessment on the 10th of October in a very public event at the National Press Club in Washington. Then we took a little pause, did a few media interviews, and now we’re ready to get busy again!

You remain the central players in this effort. The Interim Assessment was built on the bedrock of comments provided right here on this website. Quite frankly, by working together in this wide open public forum, we learned more and spent less than any other study on record! More importantly (and to our amazement) we discovered enormous public enthusiasm for space-based solar power!

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Space-Based Solar Power Interim Assessment (Release 0.1) is Published!

Posted by Coyote on October 10, 2007

Hello Everyone!

Click here for the “Interim Assessment!”

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Where’s the Final Report?

Posted by Coyote on September 15, 2007

Space-Based Solar Power Advocates and Critics,

September 15th is here…so where’s the final report from the National Security Space Office that was promised???

There won’t be any. Well, not a final report, and not by close of business today.

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“Why is the DoD interested in this?” Security at all levels!

Posted by Coyote on September 1, 2007

Yesterday at one of my alternate work locations (okay…another one of D.C.’s Irish pubs) a space skeptic asked me to write down all the security reasons that explain why the DoD is interested in space-based solar power. Fair enough. So this is what I wrote on the bar napkin: (I share it with you because that’s what I do!)

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Space Solar Power: Much More Than Clean Energy

Posted by Coyote on July 16, 2007

In a recent posting to washingtonpost.com, author Steven Mufson pessimistically asserts in “Climate Change Debate Hinges on Economics:”

“Because of the enormous cost of addressing global warming, the energy legislation considered by Congress so far will make barely a dent in the problem, while farther-reaching climate proposals stand a remote chance of passage.”

I tend to agree with Mufson.

We must not kid ourselves; nothing is a more farther-reaching climate proposal than space-based solar power. If pursued for that reason alone–especially as a big government program–I believe nothing would come of it. Not to despair. There are many more reasons to develop space-based solar power, and another way of going about it.

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Space Solar Power Meets Wikipedia…

Posted by Coyote on July 8, 2007

The Evil Dr Mankins introduced me to Wikipedia a couple of months ago. Naturally, I felt like an idiot because apparently this has been a huge Internet phenomenon over the last few years that I just missed. What can I say? I’ve been distracted by reality lately.

But I’ve discovered that Wikipedia can be a wealth of information and misinformation…and the innocent might not know the difference.

Please take a look at Wikipedia’s page titled Space Power Satellite.

Is this information or misinformation? Would this serve as a sufficient primer on the subject of space solar power? What edits can we make to improve this page for everyone’s benefit?

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The Genesis Briefing

Posted by Coyote on June 19, 2007

Lt Col Mike “Green Hornet” Hornitschek found himself at Air War College with a paper to write. He did it on DoD energy transformation (see “War Without Oil: A Catalyst for True Transformation” in the Air Force Journal of Logistics). It included some discussion of space solar power. Then he came to the Pentagon where he met some fellow enthusiasts of space solar power (Lips & Dr Evil) who helped him prepare a PowerPoint briefing on the subject. They formed the Space Solar Power Cabal (read about them in “About the Study” above). The briefing was presented widely around Washington and inside the Pentagon.

See for yourself the briefing they built that led to the creation of this study:

Space-Based Solar Power: An Opportunity for Strategic Security

Comments?

Coyote

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Crawl, Walk, Run: A Path To Space-Based Solar Power

Posted by Coyote on June 15, 2007

Our space-based solar power effort is like a newborn that has not yet learned to crawl–but this study puts us on the verge of crawling!

I’m speaking specifically about our ability to feed space-based solar power into electrical power grids on Earth or use it to drive the production of clean liquid fuels. With a desired end state of handing this entire enterprise over to the commercial sector it is clear that we have to create a supportive geopolitical environment and deliver capabilities that will ultimately enable companies to make a healthy profit by delivering energy to consumers at a competitive fair market price. I’m going out on a limb here, but I don’t think this can happen if we strap those companies with the entire research & development cost before they produce their first unit of energy. Please take a chainsaw to the limb if I am off base!

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The Vision (…and probably why you’re here)

Posted by Coyote on June 13, 2007

So my boss turns to me and says, “Coyote, this is just too important to America, our Allies, and the World. I want you to lead a study to figure out if space solar power is possible, and if it is, let’s get on with it. We can’t wait for someone else to pick this up; we’re going to have to do it ourselves.”

You can read all about how this study came to be by clicking on “About The Study” in the bar above. It lays out what we’re trying to do here. The problem set is H U G E. It is too large for anyone to solve by themselves–especially me, a simple caveman space professional. But we have this little thing called the Internet that can connect us and lets us look at this problem from all sides. We all have talents. Let’s see what we can do together.

When I started this project a couple of months ago I was a skeptic, but I’ve become a cautious optimist. I sent an email to a friend yesterday and summed up my feelings about the project this way:

I can’t think of a better legacy for our generation to leave to posterity than solving Earth’s energy needs once and for all…and opening a wider highway to the heavens at the same time.

I look forward to working with all of you. Game ON!

Coyote

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