The International SunSat
Design Competition, a venture led by Media Arts & Studies Professor Don Flournoy intended to accelerate the
conceptualization, manufacture, launch and operation of the
next-generation satellites that will collect energy in space and deliver
it to Earth as a non-polluting source of electrical power, recently announced the opening of registration as well as a call for support via a crowdfunding campaign.
The purpose of the SunSat Design initiative is to move space solar
power out of the research labs and onto the public agenda. This is being
done by virtual story-telling and networking on a global basis,
explaining what space solar power is and how and why it will become the
ultimate renewable energy resource for Planet Earth.
The strategy is to link global scientific communities with
university-based (and other) digital media labs for the purposes of
advancing knowledge of space-based solar power satellites (SunSats) and
illustrating their many Earth-energy applications.
Winning designs are high-impact digital art, supported by credible
science, engineering and business plans, that best promote media
understanding and public acceptance of a path forward in using space
satellites to deliver energy on-demand to any and all places on Earth.
Registration for the competition is now open, and team enrollments
will be taken until January 12, 2015. Deadline for submission of
completed designs and supporting documentation is March 27, 2015.
Winners will be announced and their “Creative Visualizations” will be
shown and celebrated in May 2015 at ISDC-Toronto. Please see the International SunSat Design Competition website for more information.
The winners of the 2014 competition were announced at the ISDC-Los
Angeles in May 2014, with six teams honored. Three of these were given
cash prizes. The first-place award was $10,000 and there were two
second-place awards of $5,000 presented at ISDC-Los Angeles. The three
top designs have been published in the Online Journal of Space
The SunSat Competition is an initiative of the Online Journal of Space Communication in partnership with the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the National Space Society, and the Ohio University GRID Lab.