Space Review Article on SBSP & RLVs

The chicken and the egg: RLVs and space-based solar power

The Space Review

by Taylor Dinerman
Monday, November 19, 2007

Taylor highlights the interdependence of space-based solar power and low cost and reliable access to space. He poses questions about our Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to field a fleet of Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV). His closing comment strikes a chord of critical importance:

“Any dramatic change in the cost of access to orbit will have huge effects on the world’s military and economic balance of power. The US cannot afford not to be the nation where that breakthrough is made.”