John Mankins, president of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions in Santa Maria, California, presented a virtual Tech Talk on space solar power July 23.

Mankins discussed past and present activities around the use and development of space solar power systems, as well as future directions for using solar power in space. He also discussed concepts for systems and technologies for wireless power transmission and space solar power, along with some of the emerging technologies and markets.

Before joining the private sector, Mankins worked for 25 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he helped advance multiple NASA research and development programs. Among his accomplishments at NASA was the advancement of the agency’s Technology Readiness Level scale for technology assessment.

The Tech Talk series is presented by the Chief Technologist’s Office at Marshall Space Flight Center.

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