A version of this article appears in the June 9 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Engineers in China, Japan, Europe and elsewhere are pushing space solar power (SSP) hard, as the necessary technology advances and the need becomes more apparent. Concepts differ for building the massive spacecraft that would be needed to deliver solar power to the ground 24 hr. a day, but there is a clear understanding—if not much funding—of why it is worthwhile to keep a hand in ...

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