SPACE Canada launches international dialogue on solar energy from space

    "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I
    hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle
                                                                Thomas Edison

    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Today SPACE Canada,, a
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international dialogue on
space-based solar power, was officially launched at the Ontario Science
Centre, which will be the site of the first International Symposium on Solar
Energy from Space in September 2009. The symposium is sponsored by SPACE
Canada in cooperation with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
    "The dialogue on space-based solar power has been going on for 40 years
ever since it was first conceived by Dr. Peter Glaser," said George Dietrich,
President of SPACE Canada. "But that dialogue has been confined to space
engineers and space systems technologists. We at SPACE Canada want to change
that; we want to open the dialogue on this safe, clean and abundant source of
sustainable energy to the people of Canada, their government representatives
and the media."
    SPACE Canada's five-minute video on solar energy from space, directed and
narrated by Bob McDonald, was presented for the first time to students from
the Ontario Science Centre Science School and special guests including
representatives of SPACE Canada's corporate and academic sponsoring
    "Solar energy from space via geosynchronous satellite could provide much
of the world's electrical energy needs for generations to come," said John
Mankins, Co-Chair of the IAA's Study Group on Solar Energy from Space and
former NASA Executive who headed up NASA's "Fresh Look Study" into solar power
satellites. "It will take political will on the part of world governments and
the investment of intellectual and financial capital over the coming years to
realize a vision that offers a viable and sustainable alternative to the
harmful effects of the burning of carbon-based fossil fuels on the world's

    For more information on SPACE Canada and the International Symposium on
Solar Energy from Space go to

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For further information: To arrange for an interview please contact
Margaret McLaughlin, Executive Director, SPACE Canada, (519) 439-0646,

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