William Maness, chief executive officer of Everett, Wash.-based PowerSat Corp spoke to the NSS Seattle Chapter on Sunday September 13th.
Maness told a small gathering at a National Space Society meeting in Seattle this week that the pitch for space solar power has been directed too often at space enthusiasts who don’t have a financial stake in the issue, rather than energy utility executives who do.
“This is one of the reasons why this concept has taken so long to start to catch on,” he said.
Maness favors a more market-centered approach to the issue, and there are signs that the approach is taking hold. But other signs show why the challenge facing Maness and his colleagues in the space-power business is so daunting.