A new proposal from John Mankins from Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, who claims to have come up with “the first practical solar-power satellite concept.”
Above image: The space-based energy factory named SPS-ALPHA – the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array. (Image: John Mankins)
For decades, scientists have been appraising the use of power-beaming solar-power satellites, with no success because of the cost, complexity of the project.
Now, there are promises with a new approach named SPS-ALPHA (Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large PHased Array) with John Mankins of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions of Santa Maria, Calif.
SPS-ALPHA is a novel, bio-mimetic approach to the challenge of space solar power. If successful, this project will make possible the construction of huge platforms from tens of thousands of small elements that can deliver remotely and affordably 10s to 1000s of megawatts using wireless power transmission to markets on Earth and missions in space.