In 2016, the National Space Society designated Ohio University's Scripps College and our School as an "NSS Center of Excellence in Space Solar Power and Power Beaming." This honor was due largely to the contributions of our Online Journal of Space Communication, sponsored by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and the National Space Society (NSS) and edited from our School since 2002."
In recent years, our Space Journal has given priority attention to publishing SSP research. And, since 2014, the Journal has managed International SunSat Design Competitions that have generated new space satellite designs, targeting a wide range of clean and renewable energy applications. Some of the winning designs have come from such spacefaring nations as India and China, as well as the United States.
Space Journal Editor Prof. Don Flournoy has taken OU students with him to annual NSS International Development Conferences meeting in such places as Chicago, IL, Huntsville AL, Washington D.C., San Diego, Ca, Toronto CA, and Los Angeles Ca, where the Ohio students have exhibited their own creative visualizations, developed in collaboration with space scientists and engineers. Some of these student projects were first tested in Ohio University's Research and Creativity Fairs.
In May 2017, Dr. Flournoy was in Montreal CA making a formal presentation on Space Solar Power at a conference on GLOBAL SPACE GOVERNANCE AND THE UN 2030 AGENDA: IMPLEMENTING A NEW SPACE VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, hosted by McGill University, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and the Canadian Space Agency.
It was an invited conference in which some 120 experts from 22 countries were assembled to examine and make recommendations concerning changes that need to be made in the global space governance system that was created during the 1960s. Presenters were asked to suggest changes that need to be made to "insure the sustainable use of space for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind."
Don Flournoy was the only person invited to the conference for the specific purpose of "explaining what SBSP is and why it is (or will be) important to the long-term sustainability of life on Earth." In preparation, he has now written a chapter on SSP that will be included in a forthcoming book titled Global Space Governance: An International Study (Springer 2017).
Dr. Flournoy notes that space-based solar power is a very hot topic right now, and not just because it promises to be a solution to climate change. The interest is coming from the commercial sectors, as well as government agencies, who are now seeing that clean and renewable energy from space has the future potential - via space - to become as widely available as voice, video and data communication is today.
Don Flournoy, Editor, Online Journal of Space Communication, Emeritus Professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University, NSS Center of Excellence in Space Solar Power and Power Beaming, Athens, Ohio USA 1-740-591-0021