Jacques, Lionel[Université de Liège - ULg > > CSL (Centre Spatial de Liège) >]
Proceedings of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress
62nd International Astronautical Congress
from 03-10-2011 to 07-10-2011
International Astronautical Federation
[en] Space Solar Power
[en] In 2002, a phased, multi-year approach to space solar power has been published. Following this plan, several activities have matured the concept and technology further in the following years. Despite substantial advances in key technologies, space solar power remains still at the weak intersections between the space sector and the energy sector.
In the 10 years since the development of the European SPS Programme Plan, both, the space and the energy sectors have undergone substantial changes and many key enabling technologies for space solar power have advanced significantly. The present paper attempts to take account of these changes in view to assess how they influence the prospect for space solar power work for Europe.