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The Space Journal raised $30,000 in its recent micro-funding (Indiegogo) campaign. This means we will have prize money to offer in our SunSat Design Competition officially launched at the International Space Development Conference in San Diego in May 2013.
This 2013-2015 Global Competition is intended to accelerate the design, manufacture, launch and operation of the next-generation satellites (SunSats) with supporting infrastructure that will enable the harvesting of energy in space and delivering it to earth as a clean and abundant source of electrical power.
The Competition is sponsored by the National Space Society, the Society of Satellite Professionals International and the Online Journal of Space Communication. The Competition is managed by the Game Research in Immersive Design Laboratory (GRID Lab) at Ohio University.
With the mentoring of space scientists and engineers, Ohio University students working within the GRID Lab have already produced several illustrative designs - commissioned by the Journal to serve as working models – are now published in Issue No.17: Creative Visualizations of Space Solar Power (SSP).
These designs (along with contributions from students and faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of North Dakota and others), having undergone professional peer-review, are presumed to be scientifically sound, plausibly workable and (hopefully) commercially viable.
Currently, these visualizations are being wrapped into an SSP App that will be made available from the Apple store under the title and logo of Sol Invictus, the “unconquered sun.”
The Space Journal announces that the time for Registration of internationally competitive teams is now open.
Don Flournoy, Editor
The currently active Issue is No.18: SunSat Design Competition. Registration is open.
The Space Journal is currently looking for a distinguished Guest Editor (or Guest Team) to take charge of special issues of the Journal on the topics: Space Debris and Microsats. Other topics may be proposed.