S2 EP3: Space Based Solar Power

Series 2

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Since the birth of space exploration, we have been transfixed with not only the spectacle of space travel, but the opportunities that this new vantage point provides for technological advancement.

Today, by combining the advances in launch capabilities and in-orbit manufacturing, we are now in a position to develop the infrastructure for a space-based solar power system, capable of providing clean energy for planet earth. The idea is an old one – dreamed up by some of the great writers of science fiction – but it’s the recent advances in our capabilities that are helping to make this possible for our future.

With the UK committed to fully decarbonise by 2050, a major consideration is the delivery of energy through clean generation from renewable sources. But the energy we generate must remain affordable, reliable, and secure for our economy to continue to prosper. This is where Space Based Solar Power stands out from the alternatives.

Episode Guests


David Homfray

Space Power Lead

Satellite Applications Catapult

Martin Soltau

Senior Business Manager

Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Ali Stickings

Space Strategy Lead

Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Episode Host


Sarah Cruddas

Sarah is a space journalist, international TV host and award winning author. She has an academic background in astrophysics and is a global thought leader in the growing commercial space sector.

Within the space industry Sarah works at the highest level, traveling the globe working to develop the commercial space sector. She also sits on the board of directors of Space for Humanity, a global non-profit dedicated to democratising access to space and is an honorary advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation.

Sarah’s mission is to inspire a diverse audience about why space exploration matters, how it has shaped all of our lives and why we all need to look up a little more. Space is for everyone.

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