Friday 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space - Dallas Electric Club


Lissa
 

Another interesting meeting.

Lissa

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Nobody’s ever heard of it.  That sounds like science-fiction.
Too expensive?  Impractical??  Won’t it always be just fifty years away, like nuclear fusion generation???
Not anymore!
 

The concept of Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) is to provide utility-scale, unlimited, clean energy – from space – to designated locations around the Earth.  This concept was previously known by the terms Solar Power Satellites (SPS) or Space Solar Power (SSP).  Over five decades of efficiency improvements in solar cells and in wireless power transmission, as well as significant reductions in solar cell development costs and rocket launch costs, in addition to newer technologies such as additive manufacturing, have been converging to the point that SBSP satellites that historically only existed as artwork, then only as PowerPoints, are on the verge of becoming actual hardware operating in space.  Could the solution to minimizing the challenges associated with climate change and with the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, come from a space technology?

 

 

About Ken Ruffin

 

At his day job, Ken Ruffin has an over 25 year career in air quality inspections, permitting and compliance, and is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer at American Electric Power (AEP).  However, on many evenings and weekends, Ken serves as the President of the National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) which is the National Space Society (NSS) chapter for the DFW Metroplex and beyond.  NSS-NT has monthly meetings which include presentations on space history and/or the latest information in space travel.  North Texas residents of all ages who are interested in NASA and Commercial Spaceflight activities are encouraged to visit a NSS-NT meeting, and perhaps consider joining the winner of the 2014, 2016, and 2019 NSS Chapter of the Year Awards (#1 NSS Chapter in the world for public outreach).  Additionally, NSS-NT is the host chapter for the 39th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2020) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, from May 28-31, 2020.  Keynote speakers include astronauts, as well as space executives, engineers, and scientists.  For “space enthusiasts” in North Texas and beyond, both the monthly NSS-NT meetings and the annual ISDCs are occasions you do not want to miss!

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Date:  Friday, March 13,  2020
Time:  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Basement of Ross Tower, Dallas
                 500 N Akard Street


COST
  • $16 for members w/ RSVP
  • $18 Members at the door – No RSVP
  • $20 for non-members w/ RSVP
  • $22 for non-members at the door if you didn’t RSVP

Online payment is found at this link.   For members, login to the website first and then logging in to Paypal. should give you the discounted price.

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Hi, Lissa. I'm the Membership Director of the North Texas chapter of the National Space Society. Ken Ruffin is the President of our group this year. I will be there with him on lucky Friday 13 at the Dallas Electric Club event, and I will be glad to report on this meeting to NTREG. Unfortunately, I won't be at the NTREG meeting on Saturday, because I will be assisting with a Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge class at Camp Wisdom (unless it's cancelled due to Covid-19).

This was so unusual - one of the groups I'm a member of (NSS) being mentioned by another group (NTREG). I also arranged an Amateur Radio satellite communication talk at a NSS meeting. Now I just need to arrange a solar-powered Amateur Radio satellite communication station and I can tie all three hobbies together!

Bill Byrom


On Tue, Mar 10, 2020, at 12:39 PM, Lissa wrote:

Another interesting meeting.

Lissa

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March 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space


Please RSVP by Thursday at noon.


Nobody’s ever heard of it.  That sounds like science-fiction.
Too expensive?  Impractical??  Won’t it always be just fifty years away, like nuclear fusion generation???
Not anymore!
 

The concept of Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) is to provide utility-scale, unlimited, clean energy – from space – to designated locations around the Earth.  This concept was previously known by the terms Solar Power Satellites (SPS) or Space Solar Power (SSP).  Over five decades of efficiency improvements in solar cells and in wireless power transmission, as well as significant reductions in solar cell development costs and rocket launch costs, in addition to newer technologies such as additive manufacturing, have been converging to the point that SBSP satellites that historically only existed as artwork, then only as PowerPoints, are on the verge of becoming actual hardware operating in space.  Could the solution to minimizing the challenges associated with climate change and with the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, come from a space technology?

 

 

About Ken Ruffin

 

At his day job, Ken Ruffin has an over 25 year career in air quality inspections, permitting and compliance, and is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer at American Electric Power (AEP).  However, on many evenings and weekends, Ken serves as the President of the National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) which is the National Space Society (NSS) chapter for the DFW Metroplex and beyond.  NSS-NT has monthly meetings which include presentations on space history and/or the latest information in space travel.  North Texas residents of all ages who are interested in NASA and Commercial Spaceflight activities are encouraged to visit a NSS-NT meeting, and perhaps consider joining the winner of the 2014, 2016, and 2019 NSS Chapter of the Year Awards (#1 NSS Chapter in the world for public outreach).  Additionally, NSS-NT is the host chapter for the 39th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2020) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, from May 28-31, 2020.  Keynote speakers include astronauts, as well as space executives, engineers, and scientists.  For “space enthusiasts” in North Texas and beyond, both the monthly NSS-NT meetings and the annual ISDCs are occasions you do not want to miss!

RSVP
Details
Date:  Friday, March 13,  2020
Time:  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Basement of Ross Tower, Dallas
                 500 N Akard Street


COST
  • $16 for members w/ RSVP
  • $18 Members at the door – No RSVP
  • $20 for non-members w/ RSVP
  • $22 for non-members at the door if you didn’t RSVP

Online payment is found at this link.   For members, login to the website first and then logging in to Paypal. should give you the discounted price.

 
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Stan Aten
 

Sounds like a rehash of the L-5 project which came out in the 1970's?

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:39:47 PM CDT, Lissa <lkmagel@...> wrote:


Another interesting meeting.

Lissa

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Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:55:42 AM CDT
Subject: LAST CHANCE Friday 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space - Dallas Electric Club

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March 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space

Please RSVP by Thursday at noon.


Nobody’s ever heard of it.  That sounds like science-fiction.
Too expensive?  Impractical??  Won’t it always be just fifty years away, like nuclear fusion generation???
Not anymore!
 

The concept of Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) is to provide utility-scale, unlimited, clean energy – from space – to designated locations around the Earth.  This concept was previously known by the terms Solar Power Satellites (SPS) or Space Solar Power (SSP).  Over five decades of efficiency improvements in solar cells and in wireless power transmission, as well as significant reductions in solar cell development costs and rocket launch costs, in addition to newer technologies such as additive manufacturing, have been converging to the point that SBSP satellites that historically only existed as artwork, then only as PowerPoints, are on the verge of becoming actual hardware operating in space.  Could the solution to minimizing the challenges associated with climate change and with the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, come from a space technology?

 

 

About Ken Ruffin

 

At his day job, Ken Ruffin has an over 25 year career in air quality inspections, permitting and compliance, and is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer at American Electric Power (AEP).  However, on many evenings and weekends, Ken serves as the President of the National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) which is the National Space Society (NSS) chapter for the DFW Metroplex and beyond.  NSS-NT has monthly meetings which include presentations on space history and/or the latest information in space travel.  North Texas residents of all ages who are interested in NASA and Commercial Spaceflight activities are encouraged to visit a NSS-NT meeting, and perhaps consider joining the winner of the 2014, 2016, and 2019 NSS Chapter of the Year Awards (#1 NSS Chapter in the world for public outreach).  Additionally, NSS-NT is the host chapter for the 39th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2020) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, from May 28-31, 2020.  Keynote speakers include astronauts, as well as space executives, engineers, and scientists.  For “space enthusiasts” in North Texas and beyond, both the monthly NSS-NT meetings and the annual ISDCs are occasions you do not want to miss!

RSVP
Details
Date:  Friday, March 13,  2020
Time:  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Basement of Ross Tower, Dallas
                 500 N Akard Street


COST
  • $16 for members w/ RSVP
  • $18 Members at the door – No RSVP
  • $20 for non-members w/ RSVP
  • $22 for non-members at the door if you didn’t RSVP

Online payment is found at this link.   For members, login to the website first and then logging in to Paypal. should give you the discounted price.

RSVP:  Dallas.electric@...
 
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Jim Duncan
 

It sounds as impractical as the plan to create acres of PV on the moon and beam back the power to Earth. Investors won't touch it unless there is big time taxpayer support. The PhDs love the potential for continued long-term job security.

Jim Duncan

On 3/10/2020 12:39 PM, Lissa wrote:
Another interesting meeting.
 
Lissa
 
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From: Dallas Electric Club <dallas.electric@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 11:55:42 AM CDT
Subject: LAST CHANCE Friday 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space - Dallas Electric Club
 
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March 13th – Space-Based Solar Power: unlimited clean energy from space

Please RSVP by Thursday at noon.


Nobody’s ever heard of it.  That sounds like science-fiction.
Too expensive?  Impractical??  Won’t it always be just fifty years away, like nuclear fusion generation???
Not anymore!
 

The concept of Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) is to provide utility-scale, unlimited, clean energy – from space – to designated locations around the Earth.  This concept was previously known by the terms Solar Power Satellites (SPS) or Space Solar Power (SSP).  Over five decades of efficiency improvements in solar cells and in wireless power transmission, as well as significant reductions in solar cell development costs and rocket launch costs, in addition to newer technologies such as additive manufacturing, have been converging to the point that SBSP satellites that historically only existed as artwork, then only as PowerPoints, are on the verge of becoming actual hardware operating in space.  Could the solution to minimizing the challenges associated with climate change and with the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, come from a space technology?

 

 

About Ken Ruffin

 

At his day job, Ken Ruffin has an over 25 year career in air quality inspections, permitting and compliance, and is currently a Senior Environmental Engineer at American Electric Power (AEP).  However, on many evenings and weekends, Ken serves as the President of the National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) which is the National Space Society (NSS) chapter for the DFW Metroplex and beyond.  NSS-NT has monthly meetings which include presentations on space history and/or the latest information in space travel.  North Texas residents of all ages who are interested in NASA and Commercial Spaceflight activities are encouraged to visit a NSS-NT meeting, and perhaps consider joining the winner of the 2014, 2016, and 2019 NSS Chapter of the Year Awards (#1 NSS Chapter in the world for public outreach).  Additionally, NSS-NT is the host chapter for the 39th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2020) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, from May 28-31, 2020.  Keynote speakers include astronauts, as well as space executives, engineers, and scientists.  For “space enthusiasts” in North Texas and beyond, both the monthly NSS-NT meetings and the annual ISDCs are occasions you do not want to miss!

RSVP
Details
Date:  Friday, March 13,  2020
Time:  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location:  Basement of Ross Tower, Dallas
                 500 N Akard Street


COST
  • $16 for members w/ RSVP
  • $18 Members at the door – No RSVP
  • $20 for non-members w/ RSVP
  • $22 for non-members at the door if you didn’t RSVP

Online payment is found at this link.   For members, login to the website first and then logging in to Paypal. should give you the discounted price.

RSVP:  Dallas.electric@...
 
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