James M. (Mike) Snead is a professional aerospace engineer focusing on astroelectricity and astrologistics. Astroelectricity uses GEO space-based solar power platforms to transmit electrical power to astroelectric plants on the ground. Astrologistics refers to the logistics enabling safe, routine, and frequent commercial human operations in outer space. Astrologistics will support the massive spacefaring industrial revolution needed to undertake astroelectricity.
Mike Snead is the author of the eBook Astroelectricity: Why American Engineers should advocate for GEO space solar power. He also publishes the blog Spacefaring America and publishes papers at The Space Review and the Journal of Space Philosophy. Most of his papers and articles are available at http:www.mikesnead.com and on ResearchGate.
While a civilian engineer with the Air Force, Mike Snead was the project engineer on key Transatmospheric Vehicle (TAV) studies undertaken at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the mid-1980s. (WPAFB is where the Air Force acquires manned flight systems.) The TAV project was a pre-acquisition planning effort for a fully-reusable, airworthiness certified, two-stage-to-orbit, horizontal-takeoff and landing, manned flight system capable of transporting upwards of 20,000 pounds to orbit. The selected TSTO system, which would have operated from runways at Air Force bases, remains the only fully reusable operational space access system that the government was ever set to acquire. Had acquisition proceeded, the military system would have been operational before 2000 with commercial passenger and cargo derivatives operational soon thereafter.