Web Exclusive | June 2013
India, US body strive to develop space solar power
To develop space solar power India and a top US science body, National Space Society, have forged an international organisation, an initiative that has the potential of solving humanity's energy needs and greatly mitigating climate change. Abdul Kalam, eminent Indian scientist and ex-President, and Mark Hopkins, Executive Committee Chairman of the National Space Society, said in a joint statement on June 10.
Kalam said that time has arrived for India and the US to attempt to give a direction and momentum to the movement to realise space solar power and its enabling technologies through international collaboration that can help rebuild the environmentally vulnerable planet. Kalam and Hopkins announced to have a clear plan of action to market the idea of a livable planet Earth through space solar power to G8 or G20 nations within a year.
The joint statement said, "We shall start our team building and mission structuring phase with core members from nations who we know are already networking and who are contributing to the dream of harvesting energy from space, including the US, India, Japan, and UK.