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The Space Journal drew to a close the second round of its International SunSat Design Competition in May 2015, announcing a First Prize winner of $10,000, a Second Prize winner of $7,500 and a Third Prize winner of $5,000 at the National Space Society-sponsored International Space Development Conference in Toronto.
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 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 Issue No.17: Creative Visualizations of Space Solar Power (SSP). These video/ 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 social media app being made available from the Apple Store.
Registration of teams in Round Three of the International Competition is expected to re-open in the Fall 2015, but that decision will be dependent on sponsorships and other funding. The Journal has launched successful Ingiegogo campaigns in 2013 and 2014 to raise the monies required to manage the competition and to award incentives and prizes.
It should be noted that the next round will come to a close in May 2016, when the NSS-International Space Development Conference will be held in Puerto Rico.
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.