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The Space Journal concluded the first round of its International SunSat Design Competition in May 2014, announcing one First Prize ($10,000) and two Second Prize ($5,000) winners at the National Space Society-sponsored International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles.
This Competition is intended to accelerate the design, manufacture, launch and operation of the next-generation satellites (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.
The Competition is a project of the National Space Society, the Society of Satellite Professionals International and and the Online Journal of Space Communication. The Competition is managed by the Game Research in Immersive Design Laboratory (GRID Lab) at Ohio University.
Ohio University GRID Lab students, enrolled in “Creative Visualization of Science and Technology” 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 visualizations – including a Technical Brief, Business Plan and up-to-date Bibliography for each – serve as potential models for the international competition and the basis for Sol Invictus: The Unconquered Sun, a SSP social media app being made available from the Apple Store.
Registration of teams in Round Two of the International Competition is now open. The Journal will launch a follow-on Ingiegogo funding campaign in November 2014 to raise the monies required to increase the number of incentives and size of prizes to be awarded at the May 2015-ISDC to be held in Toronto, Canada.
Support the Indiegogo Campaign “Prizes for the SunSat Design Competition” May 3-June 17. 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.