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Aribus demonstration. Where's the US leadership?

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Government Affairs Virtus Solis Technologies, Inc.

I am responsible for Government Affairs with Virtus Solis Technologies, a startup company focused on commercializing Space Based Solar Power.

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The United States needs to embrace Space Base Solar Power, lead its development and not cede that leadership to others. https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/news/2022-09-solar-power-beams-a-step...

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Matt Chester on Oct 10, 2022

Given the operation from space, is there any sort of international cooperation needed? Or is this just operating in the same regulatory type of space as something like satellites for the communication sector? 

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Roger Arnold on Oct 10, 2022

Define "needed". This is only my opinion, and I have knowledgeable friends from the aerospace industry who strongly disagree, but I find it hard to imagine a future for space-based solar power under the current world geopolitical regime. The issue is resilience. Space-based power satellites are inherently feasible only at very large scale. They would be difficult and costly to build, and easy for any hostile power to take out.

Rather like gas pipelines from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

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Matt Chester on Oct 10, 2022

That's a great point, and a terrifying reality of how energy infrastructure is currently viewed and positioned in today's world. 

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Michael Keller on Oct 18, 2022

Not too surprised that the Europeans are studying an immensely impractical idea. We should not chip in even a dime on this path to nowhere.

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