This paper outlines an analysis of the cost of launching Solar Power Satellites, using launch technology available today. The economies of scale implied by any significant utilization of this energy source will reduce these costs to a level where they contribute less than 2.5¢/kWh to the cost of electric power produced by the system. The only major technical innovation that is needed is the introduction of reusable launch vehicles. While there is certainly room for improvements that would offer even lower costs, the conclusion is that the cost of spaceflight is not a serious impediment to realizing the advantages of power from space in the very near future.
Chapman, Philip K.
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 9
, Article 13.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol9/iss16/13
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