September 9, 2016
APL and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have a strong heritage of turning visionary ideas into reality: GPS and Operationally Responsive Space are just two space examples that have roots in both organizations. Today, a confluence of advances at NRL and elsewhere present an unprecedented opportunity for our nation to take the lead in a potentially revolutionary technology: Space Solar. As recognized in NRL’s acclaimed 2009 report, collecting sunlight in space and sending it wirelessly to the earth presents a compelling capability for military energy resupply and other applications. This concept has gained recent attention as a winner in SecDef Carter’s recent Defense, Diplomacy, and Development (D3) Innovation Summit Pitch Challenge. In this talk, Dr. Jaffe will present the 7-minute pitch from the D3 Finals and will also delve more deeply into technical and programmatic aspects of space solar.
Dr. Paul Jaffe is an electronics engineer, researcher, and integration and testing section head at NRL. He has worked on over a dozen NASA, NOAA, DARPA, Air Force, and other sponsor space missions, including SSULI, STEREO, TacSat-1, TacSat-4, MIS, CARINA, and GEO Robotics. He led spacecraft computer hardware development and developed standards as part of the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space effort. He served as a coordinator and editor of NRL’s Space Solar Power study report and was the principal investigator for a ground-breaking space solar-related research effort.