Space Based Solar Power
For decades, NASA scientists & aerospace engineers from the world's top institutions have been researching a commercially viable design for a space-based solar power station, the last word in renewable, sustainable power generation.
Space based solar power (SBSP) has the potential to forever alter our reliance on fossil fuels.
As FORBES magazine reports, it could lead to a "sea change equivalent to that of American electrification at the turn of the last century."
The challenge until now has been to engineer a design with an economic power-to-mass ratio that can be launched into geo-synchronous orbit to collect sunlight and efficiently convert it to a safe beam of microwaves, which is directed to a terrestrial rectifying antenna ('Rectenna') and feeds into the local power grid.
We believe we have engineered the optimal solution:
CASSIOPeiA - which stands for Constant Aperture, Solid-State, Integrated, Orbital Phased Array - can achieve baseload power 24/365.
As such, our renewable, carbon-free system could augment and eventually replace traditional terrestrial power stations.
CASSIOPeiA has the potential to be not only the next major step in renewables, but a step change in how the world accesses clean, safe and secure energy for generations to come.
C L E A N S O L U T I O N S
Imagine a time when the question of how to economically produce enough clean, reliable energy to power all demand has been solved.
We believe our award-winning space-based solar power (SBSP) concept is the answer.
Follow our journey as we go from concept to launch.
IECL's Chief Engineer, Ian Cash, presented the CASSIOPeiA Solar Power Satellite design - which has been hailed as a 'substantial conceptual breakthrough' - to the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2018), held in Los Angeles in May 2018.
ISDC 2018 was attended by space professionals and leading industry names, including Buzz Aldrin and Jeff Bezos.
Ian's introduction to the concept (slides below) was universally well received.
"The most interesting new sunsat concept that I have seen in decades!"
[Philip K. Chapman, former NASA astronaut]