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Space Solar Power Track Co-Chairs

  • John C. Mankins -
    • John C. Mankins is an entrepreneur and leader in strategic technology management and systems innovation. He is President of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, President and CTO of Mankins Space Technology, Inc., and was formerly Chief Technologist for Human Exploration and Development of Space at NASA Headquarters. Mankins' 25-year career at NASA Headquarters and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) involved flight projects, space mission operations, systems-level innovation and technology R&D management. Before leaving NASA, Mankins managed an $850M annual exploration technology budget, involving more than 100 projects and 10,000 personnel. Mankins is recognized as the leading expert in the field of space solar power (SSP), managing NASA's SSP programs from 1995-2003, leading a demonstration of wireless power transmission for the Discover Channel (2008), and co-chairing the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) study of SSP (2008-2011). He invented a novel Solar Power Satellite (SPS) concept: SPS-ALPHA (SPS by means of Arbitrarily Large Phased Array). Mankins authored the book, “The Case for Space Solar Power” (2014), which makes the first integrated business case for solar power from space. He lives on the California Central Coast with his wife and daughter, four cats, one dog, and assorted cattle, turkeys, coyotes, etc. He is working on two new books.
  • Gary P. Barnhard -
    • Gary Barnhard - a self-described synergistic technological philanthropist, entrepreneur, and serial venture capitalist now serving as the President & CEO of Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc. (XISP-Inc) a start-up company focused on International Space Station technology development work as well as Barnhard Associates, LLC, a systems engineering consulting firm and Internet Service Provider (Xisp.net) based in Cabin John, Maryland. He is a robotic space systems engineer whose professional work includes a wide range of robotic, space, and computer systems engineering projects. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 1982 combining Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, with graduate work in science policy, solar physics, and artificial intelligence/knowledge based systems. He served as a Space Systems Engineer and Information Systems Architect for EER Systems, and as a Senior Space Systems Engineer on the Grumman Space Station Systems Engineering and Integration Contract (SSEIC) responsible for advanced automation and robotic systems support. He was the Executive Secretary of the Space Station Freedom Program Robotics Working Group and received a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Robotic Systems Integration Standards Interface Design Review Team, as well as an Outstanding Support Award from the Canadian Space Agency Space Station Freedom Program Liaison Office. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a life member of the National Space Society.

Track Chair Responsibilities


  • Current allocation:
    • 2 hours of track time on Thursday May 21st
    • 6 hours on track time on Friday May 22nd (with 2 x 20 mins breaks in addition to lunch).
  • Requested allocation:
    • 6 hours of track time on Thursday May 21st (with 2 x 20 mins breaks in addition to lunch).
    • 6 hours on track time on Friday May 22nd (with 2 x 20 mins breaks in addition to lunch).

Space Solar Power Track Outline

Session 1 Concept Evolution: establishing and maintaining technical credibility

  • Narrative Description to be provided
  1. Slot #1 30 minutes including Q&A - The Case for Space Solar Power - John Mankins
  2. Slot #2 30 minutes including Q&A - TBD
  3. Slot #3 30 minutes including Q&A - TBD
  4. Slot #4 30 minutes including Q&A - TBD
  5. Panel 60 minutes including Q&A - All four speakers

Session 2 National Programs - what is being done and what is planned

  • Narrative Description to be provided
  1. Slot #1 30 minutes including Q&A - Japanese Programs A
  2. Slot #2 30 minutes including Q&A - Japanese Programs B
  3. Slot #3 30 minutes including Q&A - Chinese Programs A
  4. Slot #4 30 minutes including Q&A - Chinese Programs B
  5. Slot #5 30 minutes including Q&A - Chinese Programs C
  6. Slot #6 30 minutes including Q&A - NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate Presentation(?)

Session 3 Applications - Commercial Stepping Stones to the future

  • Drawing out real requirements for Space-to-Space, Space-to-Alternate Surfaces/Near Earth Objects, and Space-to-Earth applications.
  1. Slot #1 30 minutes including Q&A - Space-to-Space - Gary Barnhard
  2. Slot #2 30 minutes including Q&A - Space-to-Moon - Jim Schier
  3. Slot #3 30 minutes including Q&A - Asteroid Assay - Daniel Faber
  4. Slot #4 30 minutes including Q&A - Space-to-Earth - John Mankins
  5. Space Solar Power Applications Panel 60 minutes including Q&A - All four speakers

Session 4 Space Solar Power on the Moon:

  • importance of and approaches to developing Space Solar Power energy resources on the Moon.
  • NOTE THIS IS A BONUS SESSION Incorporating Specific Lunar Content to Coordinate with Lunar Workshop
  1. Slot #1 30 minutes including Q&A - David Dunlop
  2. Slot #2 30 minutes including Q&A - Jim Crisafulli - Support for Lunar Decade Research Park
  3. Slot #3 30 minutes including Q&A - Andy Aldrin/Moon Express?
  4. Slot #4 30 minutes including Q&A - TBD
  5. Panel 60 minutes including Q&A - All four speakers

Session 5 SunSat competition 4 presentations & judge evaluations.

  1. Slot #1 15 minutes including Q&A
  2. Slot #2 15 minutes including Q&A
  3. Slot #3 15 minutes including Q&A
  4. Slot #4 15 minutes including Q&A

Track Concept Notes/Considerations

  • The lunar track is not, the presentations will be distributed throughout the conference.
  • I think it would be useful to have mission requirements that could be evaluated as candidate applications of space based solar power for Space-to-Space and Space-to-Surface venues.
  • We need to be building a set of mission narratives with respect to Space-to-Space and Space-to-Surface applications (e.g., Ground Test, ISS testbed, to Cis-Lunar relay, asteroidal assay applications, etc.)
  • Kevin Parkin, David Dunlop, Jim Crisafulli, et.al. all are interested in various forms of ground tests, as are Gary Barnhard, Jim Schier, Jay Trimble et.al. who have gotten some traction with different parts of related work at NASA ARC
  • Dan Hawk, David Dunlop, et.al. want to do balloon tests with KSC and KaBOOM
  • Gary Barnhard, et.al. has been working the ISS testbed angles.
  • Cis Lunar Relay and Cube Quest Challenge how do you evolve to win by mixing competition and cooperation Alpha Cube Sat Team (XISP-Inc), as well as other shared resource angles MoonExpress (Andy Alrin, et.al.);
  • David Dunlop, Jim Crisafulli, et.al. with their International Lunar Decade Working Group and low cost lunar installations encompass a significant set of mission requirements.
  • Daniel Faber, et.al.. with DSI have significant requirements with their mothership scenaros for asteroidal assay work.
  • John Mankins, Jim Schier, Gary Barnhard, et.al. have considered some relay and infrastructure applications for LEO, MEO, GEO, L Point, and other Lunar orbits applications.

ISDC 2015 Local Committee Guidance

  • As a track chair for ISDC 2015, you are responsible for:
    • Soliciting, reviewing and finalizing the presenters within your track
    • Have creative freedom to outline your track within your track topic and the theme of the ISDC framework. For example, some tracks choose to kickoff with a keynote speaker. Such constructs and topic sub-divisions of your track are up to you - do keep me informed of your plans.
    • Keep Programming Chair updated on progress through till track
    • Your track must allocate approximately 1 hour of presentation time on Friday afternoon (4 x 15 mins slots) for the SunSat student competition. Names will be confirmed closer to the conference and some slots may be made available to regular stream closer to the date.
    • Descriptions - Short descriptions of your tracks will be developed by the LOC and provided to you for review. These will be based on the keyword descriptions attached.
    • Presenters/Speakers (Key Dates)
      • Deadlines for open submissions and track chairs to identify potential speakers - March 15th 2015
      • Finalized presenters should be defined by all track chairs - March 30th 2015
      • Finalized presenters, including title of content & headshot should be sent to isdc2015.speakers@nss.org so we can track all presenters to monitor duplication and timeframes


  • A spreadsheet on google drive will be shared between track chairs to coordinate timeframes and speakers.
  • Each track will be visible to each other to support coordination.
  • Stay tuned for more on this, along with details for 3-4 possible telecons to touch base prior to the conference.
  • Your support in identifying potential speakers for the “Future Tech” Plenary would also be beneficial.


  • If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Tahir Merali, Programming Chair going forward at isdc2015.speakers@nss.org.

Head Start

  • The ISDC team has already received parties interested in presenting. Please reach out to the below folks as part of your planning process:
    • Yoshiaki 'Yoshi' Ohkami, Dr. Eng. Professor Emeritus, Titech Executive Advisor for Institute of System Design & Management Keio University Collabration Bldg. from Japan, is interested in presenting on Japan's research in Space Solar Power. Contact was received via Don Floury in conversation about the SunSat competition.
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