Mike Snead

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.

 

Broadcast 2701 Mike Snead

Guest:  Mike Snead; Topics:  Space Solar Power focused on environmental and U.S. national energy security issues.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website, www.thespaceshow.com.   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1086 (Special Edition)

Guest: Mike Snead was our Space Show guest today to discuss his recently released energy study, "The End of Easy Energy and What to Do About it." To get your copy of this report, visit http://www.mikesnead.net/ and click on the SSP white paper link on the left side of the page. During our discussion, Mike took us step by step through his research, analysis, and conclusions regarding energy issues facing our nation and the world between now and the end of this century.

Broadcast 809 (Special Edition)

Mike Snead was the guest for this special Space Show program live from Grand Forks, ND as I am here teaching at UND Space Studies this week. Our topic was establishing space infrastructure and there is nobody more capable of discussing this topic than Mike Snead. As you will hear during this show, creating and putting into place space infrastructure is essential to becoming space faring. Mike received many listener questions about infrastructure ranging from costs, deployment, public versus private responsibility, technology, etc.

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