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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sun Power - The Global Solution for the Coming Energy Crisis

David Brandt-Erichsen has been doing a lot of work in adding material of
interest to the National Space Society web site in the Space Settlements

The on-line library material content has expanded considerably and if
you have not checked it lately you may have missed something.

In the news has been comments about Global Warming and what might be
done to change the outcome of the gloomy predictions.
Some of the discussions can get quite heated when you start telling
folks to change their energy consumption ways and then tell them what it
will cost to make those changes.

One of the ways suggested of providing electrical power that would not
add to Earth's CO2 load is getting energy from the Sun by way of Solar
Powered Satellites.

Here again, discussions come and go. At times interest and then quiet.
Time marches on and the price of oil goes up.

It may be worth spending some time to become more informed or re-reading
material in light of what we know now.

Boeing Aerospace Co. would have you launch with them the materials
needed for Solar Powered Satellites and since we are not yet on the Moon
or have grabbed an asteroid, those materials would be from Earth. It has
been a few years since the 1970's-80's and the work that Boeing did on
SPS, but reading material through the eyes of one that has been involved
can be enlightening.

David Brandt-Erichsen has gotten permission to put on-line Ralph
Nansen's 1995 book.

You can read the complete book here.
- LRK -
Sun Power - The Global Solution for the Coming Energy Crisis

by Ralph Nansen
Copyright 1995 by Ralph Nansen, reproduced with permission
*Table of Contents*


When you read Ralph's book, read it with an eye towards what one person
can contribute to solving our energy requirements and then look around
and see what you, as another person, can do as well.

One step at a time, one stone picked up, one mountain relocated.

Just finished reading Ben Bova's "MOON RISE" and the last paragraph in
the book reads, "Nodding inside his helmet, he strode toward the
airlock. Time to get started, he told himself. If it is to be, it's up
to me."


Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -

Larry Kellogg

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Sun Power: The Global Solution for the Coming Energy Crisis
<>, by Ralph
Nansen. "/Sun Power/ will help to show that energy from space is a
realistic proposal and that it has great commercial potential" (Chris
Kraft, former director, Johnson Space Center). "Nansen presents the
rationale for solar power satellites in an understandable form devoid of
the usual technical jargon to make the subject accessible to the public"
(Dr. Peter E. Glaser, inventor of the solar power satellite concept).
"The time is again right to bring this very important energy option to
the attention of the American public" (Joseph P. Allen, former Space
Shuttle astronaut).Snip
Sun Power - *Ralph Nansen*
In this startling new book, aerospace visionary *Ralph Nansen* reveals a
grand but elegant solution to the problems plaguing our energy-hungry
world. *...* - 20k -
Ralph H. Nansen

Solar Space Industries *

Ralph Nansen is the founder and president of Solar Space Industries. He
has been recognized as one of the key leaders in the world to develop,
promote, and manage the Solar Power Satellite program since 1973. He is
the author of an advocacy book for the public titled SUN POWER: The
Global Solution for the Coming Energy Crisis, published by Ocean Press.

*Solar Satellites Will Power Earth, Scientists Say*
*By By Alex Canizares*
Special to /SPACE/ .com
posted: 02:29 pm ET
08 September 2000

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (States News Service) * Solar-powered satellites
will become a major energy source by 2030, scientists testified at a
congressional hearing Thursday, helping to reduce reliance on dwindling
fuel supplies.

With fuel supplies projected to fall and energy costs reaching historic
highs, using satellites to transmit energy to provide electricity used
to heat homes and run appliances is becoming technologically viable,
scientists told the House Science subcommittee on space and aeronautics.

Electric energy use is projected to grow 75 percent worldwide by 2020,
and oil production will slow due to depleting reserves after 2015, said
Ralph H. Nansen, president of Solar Space Industries.

§ 5.12.10: Other SPS Resources and Weblinks

* Solar Power Satellites: A Space Energy System for Earth, edited by
Peter Glaser and published in the summer of 1997 by Wiley-Praxis, listed

* Sun Power, by Ralph Nansen, published by Ocean Press, PO Box 17386,
Seattle WA 98107, Tel. (206) 706-9811, with information on the web.
Ralph Nansen has been involved in space engineering for over 35 years,
participating in the Saturn/Apollo program and Space Shuttle
development, and leading the Boeing team that developed the concept of
solar power satellites under the Dept. of Energy and NASA in the 1970s.
This book eloquently discusses the issues of the world's energy and
environmental futures, energy economics and alternative energy sources,
features of SPS, private sector cost advantages over government
contracted development (with graphic examples), and the history and
politics of SPS. The glaring weakness of the book, though, is that only
one paragraph addresses using lunar resources, and one addresses
asteroidal resources, in the last pages of that 252 page book. Nansen
sticks to the old Boeing vision of launching everything up from Earth,
which is the main technical and economic challenge. Otherwise, it has
excellently articulated materials that should be read by anyone
seriously interested in SPS.




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