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Solar Satellites Affirmative

Solar Satellites Affirmative

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09/14/2012

NASA key to explore space; only federal government can mandate NASA
Frank Morring, Sr Space Tech. Editor, Aerospace Daily and Defense Report, 10-11-07 ("NSSO
backs space solar power" aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/solar101107.xml
&headline=NSSO%20Backs%20Space%20Solar%20Power%20&channel=space)[JWu]

The Internet-based group of experts who prepared the report for the NSSO recommended that the
U.S. government
organize itself to tackle the problem of developing SSP; use its resources to
"retire a major portion of the technical risk for business development; establish tax and other
policies to encourage private development of SSP, and "become an early
demonstrator/adopter/customer" of SSP to spur its development.
That, in turn, could spur development of space launch and other industries
. Damphousse said a
functioning reusable launch vehicle
- preferably single-stage-to-orbit - probably would be
required to develop a full-scale SSP
infrastructure in geostationary orbit. That, in turn, could
enable utilization of the moon and exploration of Mars under NASA's vision for space
exploration.

Federal action extension to space solar power is key
Space Frontier Foundation, international organization composed of space activists, scientists and engineers, media
and political professionals.10-10-07 ("Meeting Humanity’s Energy, National Security, Environmental
and Economic Development Needs" http://www.space-frontier.org/Presentations/
SFFViewsSBSPReport10Oct07.pdf)[JWu]

Extend Federal Incentives for Other Carbon-Neutral Energy Technologies to SBSP: The U.S. Government
is providing major incentives to many other energy technologies, in support of energy independence and
clean renewable energy objectives. The Space Frontier Foundation believes it is completely reasonable to
ask for consistency in policy, and quite reasonable since the potential pay-off of SBSP is
so large.

The SBSP Study Group recommends that consistent with the U.S. Government incentives provided to

other carbon-neutral energy technologies, it is critical for the U.S. Government to provide similar
incentives to encourage private U.S. industry to co-invest in the development of SBSP systems.
Specifically, the following incentives should be provided to U.S. industry as soon as possible to encourage
private investment in the development and construction of SBSP systems:
Carbon/Pollution Credits and Offsets: The Space Frontier Foundation believes that it should be rather
straight-forward for the U.S. Congress to clarify, to the extent necessary, that existing law and policy on
carbon/pollution credits and offsets also apply to SBSP.
o Legislation at both the federal and state level that specifies — and clarifies existing law as specifying —
that SBSP is eligible for all pollution credits, carbon credits, and carbon off-sets that are available to other
clean and
renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro, ground solar, and nuclear
Extend Loan Guarantees to SBSP Developers & Operators: The nuclear power industry has been
given loan guarantees by the U.S. federal government. The Space Frontier Foundation urges the
Administration and the U.S. Congress to extend the same incentives to the SBSP industry.
o A federal loan guarantee program of up to 80% should be created for U.S. companies engaged in the
business of developing, owning and operating SBSP systems. This program should either be an extension
of, or modeled
after, the existing loan guarantee program provided to the nuclear power industry.

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