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Solar Satellites Affirmative

Solar Satellites Affirmative


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Now is key time for space development

CNN 7/1/08 ("How to harvest solar power? Beam it down from space!"

NASA revisited space solar power with a so-called "Fresh Look" study in the mid-90s but the research lost
momentum when the space agency decided it did not want to further pursue the technology, Mankins told
CNN. By around 2002 the project was indefinitely shelved -- or so it seemed.
"The conditions are ripe for something to happen on space solar power," said Charles Miller, a director of
the Space Frontier Foundation, a group promoting public access to space. "The environment is perfect for a
new start."
Skyrocketing oil prices, a heightened awareness of climate change and worries about natural resource
depletion have recently prompted a renewed interest in beaming extraterrestrial energy back to Earth,
Miller explained.
And so has a 2007 report released by the Pentagon 's National Security Space Office, encouraging the U.S.
government to spearhead the development of space power systems.

We must go into space now. If not, we may never get the chance again

Bruce Cordell, PhD planetary and space physics, Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, ex-physics
professor at the California State University, space scientist, worked with NASA. May 11 08 ("Nasa
programs and MEPs" http://21stcenturywaves.com/blog/category/perspectives/)[JWu]

Currently, the most important issue for humanity’s future – within the next 5 – 10 years — is to resume the
large-scale human expansion into space by achieving self-sufficient colonies (e.g. on the Moon) before
2025. This is serious business because such opportunities are not continuously available. Indeed, unless we
breakout into space by 2025, the last 200 years of macroeconomic and macrohistorical experience teach
that long-term trends in the economy, technology, and society will not be favorable again for human
expansion until about 2071. This is especially sobering because attempting to estimate the geopolitical,
technological, and/or economic state of the world that far into the future is essentially impossible, and
therefore the next Maslow Window (2015 – 2025) is of inestimable importance.

New sources of energy are needed now to keep up with rocketing demand

NASA, 3-21-01 (Science and Technology Directorate at NASA, "Beam it down, Scotty",

With the world's population projected to skyrocket to 10 billion people by the year 2050, supplying cheap,
environmentally friendly electricity to meet basic needs will be a daunting challenge.
"We need new sources of electrical power," said John Mankins, Manager of Advanced Concepts Studies at
NASA Headquarters Office of Space Flight, "and we have been studying a variety of space solar power
concepts. Tremendous advances have been made in many relevant technologies in the last fifteen years."


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