Space Forum March 23: Space Solar Power

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The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum

Thursday, March 23, 2023, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EST

“Space Solar Power: The Future is Here…”


Barnhard and Mankins

The concept of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) has been around for many years and NSS, with one of its primary goals being “Clean Energy from Space: Enabling Everyone to Benefit from Space Solar Power” has been and the forefront of promoting the concept. Programs are now ongoing in Japan, China, the UK and ESA, while research continues in South Korea, Australia and elsewhere. In the US, there is no program as yet, however NASA is assessing space solar power and research for military applications is underway at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

With all of these new efforts to advance the concept, this is the perfect time for our space forum to take another look at SBSP. Join us for an informative discussion with these two leading SBSP experts. You will learn what SBSP is, how it works, including how it differs from solar collection methods on the Earth’s surface and the advantages. You will hear about SBSP applications and the newest technologies. And Mr. Barnhard and Mr. Mankins will conclude by laying out a path forward to deploying operational SBSP systems that truly demonstrate “The Future is Here . . .” Register now for the space forum using the link below.  

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Gary Barnhard, a self-described synergistic technological philanthropist, entrepreneur, and serial venture capitalist now serving as the President & CEO of Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc. (XISP-Inc), a start-up company focused on Cislunar technology mission development work as well as Barnhard Associates, LLC, a systems engineering consulting firm and Internet Service Provider ( His recent Technology Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (TD3 ) mission development work includes Space Solar Power. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 1982, combining Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science with graduate work in science policy, solar physics, and artificial intelligence/knowledge-based systems. Gary is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, a National Space Society (NSS) life member, prior CEO, prior Executive Director, NSS Board of Director’s member, and NSS Director of Strategic Relationships.

John C. Mankins is an entrepreneur and internationally recognized leader in technology,  systems innovation and management. He is the Founder and President of Mankins Space Technology, Inc. and Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, a Director of Solar Space Technologies, Pty. Ltd. He also serves as Vice President of the Moon Village Association and as a Dean and Professor at Kepler Space University. He served as Chief Technologist for Human Exploration and Development of Space at NASA and a lead for NASA’s Lunar Outpost team in 2003, and he has been recognized as the leading expert in the field of space solar power. John’s 25-year career at NASA and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ranged from flight projects and space mission operations to systems-level innovation and R&D. Mankins holds undergraduate (HMC) and graduate (UCLA) degrees in Physics and an MBA in Public Policy Analysis (The Drucker School). John is a member of the NSS Board of Directors.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. Use the link below.

Register no later than March 23 at 8 pm EST

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