- File Size: 5945 KB
- Print Length: 488 pages
- Publisher: Virginia Edition Publishing; First Edition edition (January 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HNZ0Z96
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Case for Space Solar Power Kindle Edition
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John Mankins sits at the top of this emerging field in terms of conceptual design, detailed knowledge of the related science and engineering, technical leadership internationally (via the International Academy of Astronautics, NASA, the National Space Society and the annual International Space Development Conferences) and long-term professional interest and engagement.
What is really remarkable is the clarity with which he writes about complex technical, business and societal issues. This book can be read by any intelligent and interested layperson - and with patience can learn from it - which is what all of us are going to have to do to figure out how to tap this most logical source of clean/abundant/renewable energy.
Don Flournoy, Prof. of Telecommunication, Ohio University; Editor, Online Journal of Space Communication
Note to author - I see you want to promote SPS - consider teaming up with another author to make a more enjoyable version of the book.
Fossil energy fueled the Industrial Revolution, a period of enormous economic growth and improvements in living standards, providing substantial benefits to the developed nations during the 19th and 20th centuries. However, in the 21st century, as other nations seek to emulate the economic success of their neighbors, attempting to provide a means to reduce poverty and achieve economic growth, it is becoming abundantly clear that the fossil energy approach is unsustainable. We simply must develop alternative, renewable energy resources if our civilization is to continue to flourish.
Terrestrial solar and wind will become important energy sources, but they are unfortunately intermittent. Space Solar Power can deliver energy 24 hours per day. Mankins' book puts forth a viable plan for how we can establish Space Solar Power as a viable cornerstone for our renewable energy future.