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In partnership with the National Space Society, the Society of Satellite Professionals International, and Enterprise in Space, the Space Journal is hosting the third round of its International SunSat Design Competition. Prizes, sponsored by Space Canada, will be awarded at the May 2016 International Space Development Conference in Puerto Rico.
The 2015 Competition saw three cash prizes awarded; the China Academy of Space Technology took the $10,000 first prize at the ISDC Conference held in Toronto last year. The CAST design, along with those of the runner-up teams, is now published in Issue No.18 of the Space Journal.
Our Competition is intended to accelerate the design, manufacture, launch and operation of the next-generation SunSats, with supporting infrastructure, that will enable the continuous harvesting of energy in space and delivering it to Earth as a clean and abundant source of electrical power. In this third year, the Competition is asking teams to focus on a Wireless Transfer of Power theme. We are interested in those “practical applications” of space solar power beaming that might produce near-term solutions in energy and environment, in communications, transport, commerce, manufacturing and other significant challenges facing our planet. Such applications may address space/earth, space/space, or some combination of transmissions.
Ohio University students, enrolled in a “Creative Visualization of Science and Technology” graduate/undergraduate course taught by Prof. Don Flournoy and mentored online by space scientists, engineers and professionals, have already produced multiple SunSat designs now released for publication in Issue No.17: Creative Visualizations of Space Solar Power (SSP). These videos/animations – including a Technical Brief, Business Plan and up-to-date Bibliography – serve as potential models for the international competition and the basis for Sol Invictus: The Unconquered Sun, a SSP web app that will soon supplement the Journal’s contribution to public understanding of Space Solar Power.
The Competition needs your continued support. Look for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign launched in February, in cooperation with the National Space Society’s Enterprise in Space. For questions about sponsoring the International SunSat Design Competition, please contact Competition Manager Kyle Perkins.
The currently active Issue is No.18: SunSat Design Competition.
The Space Journal is looking for distinguished Guest Editors (or Guest Editorial Teams) to take charge of future issues of the Journal. Topics are open for discussion. Of particular interest are: Space Policy, Space Industrialization, Space Debris, and Microsats. Other topics may be proposed for consideration.