Broadcast 2701 Mike Snead

13 May 2016 Mike Snead
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We welcomed back to the program Mike Snead to discuss his energy analysis for the United States which focuses on the need to transition from fossil fuels to space solar power, specifically for environmental and national energy security reasons.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 39 minute show, Mike put forth a summary of his analysis of U.S. energy use, peak oil, CO2 in the atmosphere, and nuclear power,  plus timelines to transition from fossil fuels to space solar power.  He examined wind power, ground based solar, and nuclear in addition to predicting a U.S. population between 500 and 600 million people (today the population is around 320 million people) by the end of the century or within 150 years or so from now.  Thus, his plan is an incremental and step by step approach to wean ourselves from existing energy sources to space solar power over the long term.  During this segment, Mike provided us with lots of data and statistics regarding energy usage and capabilities for various forms of power so listen carefully.  You may want to even take notes.  I also recommend visiting his website at and his blog, .  Not only will you find contact information for Mike on these sites but you will see the various papers, studies, and articles he has recently written in regarding the topics discussed on today's Space Show program.

Listeners asked Mike many questions about his analysis of terrestrial power needs, including what he had to say about nuclear power. Other topics in this segment included using the GEO orbits, the actual SSP platforms for space, launchers and launch rates and capacities, global warming and his CO2 comments, plus lots of questions about the use of ground based solar power.  In addition, Mike had much to say about the 2015 Paris climate agreement, most of which was critical given what he said was ignored and omitted.  Don't miss his comments on the Paris agreement.  Toward the end of this segment, Sheila from Boulder changed the subject with her question about policy and the ability to implement a policy to support what Mike was proposing. 

In the second segment, Mike spoke to the need for a common core solution and explained how building and developing the needed space infrastructure for his SSP plans also served the interest of space enthusiasts wanting to return to the Moon and go to Mars.  He talked about giving SLS and Orion new missions in support of developing the needed infrastructure plus launch capability.  When asked if this project would be a privately financed mission, a public one or a public-private partnership, Mike talked about creating federal corporations to guide and possibly help finance private companies building and developing the launchers and the infrastructure.  Again, an important discussion you do not want to miss.  He listed three areas for federal corporations, SSP, space mining, and space fairing logistics. 

A listener asked him about alternative SSP methods including the use of mirrors.  BJohn wanted to know about SSP economics, especially compared to ground based solar economic.  He also wanted to know about beaming SSP in space to provide energy for space flight vehicles.  Mike was asked about talking his idea up with the major 2016 presidential candidates.

Near the end of the program, he was asked about time lines, the role of NASA in all of this, & Mars.  His final question was from BJohn wanting to know if SSP could also be used as a space based weapon.  Mike explained why this could not happen so don't miss his explanation. 

In his concluding comments, he talked about a new petition at to support the development of SSP.  You can read the Citizens for Space Base Solar Power petition and sign it at "USA Must Lead the Transition to Space-Based Energy" (

Please post your comments/questions in the comments section of this archived program on TSS website.  Contact Mike through his websites or through me.




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