Posted by Coyote on July 24, 2007
Our very good friends at the Marshall Institute are graciously hosting a “Washington Roundtable” discussion here in Washington D.C. on 8 August to discuss space-based solar power. It is open to the public. Jeff Kueter, the president of the institute, asked me to post this inviation to all of you. If you can make it, please attend … and do follow the RSVP instructuctions to be courteous to our hosts!
The details follow:
WASHINGTON ROUNDTABLE ON SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY
Energy from Space:
Examining the Potential of Space
to Provide Energy for Earth
Where & When
The Capitol Hill Club
300 First Street SE
August 8, 2007
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Provided Reservations Required
Please RSVP by calling
(202) 296-9655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the nation considers calls for energy independence, might answer
lie in the heavens? Capturing solar energy in space and transmitting
it to Earth presents intriguing possibilities for those concerned
about energy supplies, environmental policy, national security and the
continued development of space commerce. But, is it possible to cost-
effectively harness power from space?
Dr. Martin Hoffert of New York University and John C. Mankins of
Managed Energy Technologies LLC will review the current state of the
technologies and outline steps needed to determine the feasibility of
utilizing space to provide energy on Earth.
About the Speakers
Dr. Martin Hoffert – Professor Emeritus of Physics and former Chair of
the Department of Applied Science at New York University, Dr. Hoffert
is a leading authority on advanced energy technologies. Prof. Hoffert
has published broadly in fluid mechanics, plasma physics, atmospheric
science, oceanography, planetary atmospheres, environmental science,
solar and wind energy conversion and space solar power.
John C. Mankins – During a 25-year career at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory and NASA Headquarters, John Mankins was the lead for NASA’s
1995-2001 Space Solar Power research, as well as serving as the
manager of the Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program.
Since leaving the space agency, he has become a successful technology
management consultant, and continues to pursue advanced renewable
energy technology as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Managed
Energy Technologies LLC, and President of the Space Power Association.
George C. Marshall Institute
The George C. Marshall Institute, a non-profit research group founded
in 1984, is dedicated to fostering and preserving the integrity of
science in the policy process. The Institute conducts technical
assessments of scientific developments with a major impact on public
policy and communicates the results of its analyses to the press,
Congress and the public (www.marshall.org).
The George C. Marshall Institute
1625 K St. NW Suite, 1050
Washington, DC 20006