Does the idea of orbiting solar panels beaming megawatts of microwave power to Earth sound like science fiction or the plot of a James Bond movie? Well, the Department of Defense just selected Dr. Jaffe’s proposal for such a project as the winner out of 500 proposals submitted to the 2016 Diplomacy, Development and Defense Innovation Summit Pitch Challenge. Join HacDC, the HacDC Amateur Radio Club and Dr. Jaffe Wednesday April 27th at 7pm for a technical presentation and informal discussion on the Space Solar concept and proposal. You know you have questions. Bring them on!
Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) is a novel, bio-mimetic approach to the challenge of space solar power. If successful, this project will make possible the construction of huge platforms from tens of thousands of small elements that can deliver remotely and affordably thousands of megawatts of energy using wireless power transmission to markets on Earth and missions in space.
We have several tables at the USA Science and Engineering Festival for Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 15-17th thanks to RobotFest. The booth number is 1949. Join Tom, Julia, Matt, Bobby, Nancy, Ethan#1, Ethan#2, Enrique and others showing off current and recent HacDC classes, workshops, tools and member projects. USASEF expects 350,000 visitors so this is the premier opportunity of 2016 to showcase the HacDC community, capabilities and interests to potential new guests, volunteers, members, donors, sponsors, local businesses, government officials and so on. We could always use members’ and volunteers’ help showcasing HacDC; just remember: act normal.
Board of directors’, projects’ and members’ reports, new members and hopefully we’ll nail down some plans for USA SEF logistics this weekend.