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Issue 17

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Issue No.17: Visualizing Space Solar Power:

The Journal is in the process of publishing a dozen original “Creative Visualizations of Space Solar Power.” The designs presented here are student productions that have been professionally mentored, peer-reviewed and presented at the NSS-sponsored International Space Development Conferences in Chicago Il in 2010, in Huntsville AL in 2011, Washington D.C. in 2012 and San Diego in 2013.

Issue No.17 follows the Space Journal’s largest and most widely noticed Issue No.16 on the topic of Solar Power Satellites. This issue sets the stage for No.18: SunSat Design Competition, an international contest with prizes.

The SunSat Design Competition is a two-year (2013-2015) initiative of the Online Journal of Space Communication being managed by the Ohio University Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Laboratory in cooperation with the National Space Society and the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the sponsor of this Journal. The Competition is intended to generate imaginative and plausibly workable designs for the next-generation space satellite systems that will collect energy in space and deliver them to earth as a source of clean and abundant electrical power.

To illustrate what a “creative visualization” of Space Solar Power might look like, the Journal has commissioned (and has gained permission to publish) the twelve preliminary designs hosted here. Each design is introduced by its team and is accompanied by a technical brief and (to the extent possible) a preliminary business plan.

The Space Journal raised $30,000 in a recent micro-funding (Indiegogo) campaign, which means that prize money will be available for award when the 2014 winners are announced at the NSS-sponsored International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles in May 2014.

For your information, the Ohio University GRID Lab is in the process of wrapping several of these visualizations into an SSP App to be made available free-of-charge from the Apple store and globally distributed via Social Media under the title and logo of Sol Invictus, the “unconquered sun.”

Don M. Flournoy, Professor of Telecommunications
General Editor, Online Journal of Space Communication
School of Media Arts and Studies
Scripps College of Communication
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
Tel: +1 740 593 4866
Fax: +1 740 593 9184


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