SGAC Announces the Winner of the First International Space Solar Power Competition

10 September, 2012

SGAC, together with the Space Solar Power Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), are pleased to announce Ryoko Nakamura as the winner of this year’s inaugural International Space Solar Power (SSP) Competition for Students and Young Professionals.

 

SGAC Announces the Winner of the First International Space Solar Power Competition

10 September, 2012

SGAC, together with the Space Solar Power Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), are pleased to announce Ryoko Nakamura as the winner of this year’s inaugural International Space Solar Power (SSP) Competition for Students and Young Professionals.

The competition was an initiative held in collaboration with the Space Education and Outreach and the Workforce Development / Young Professionals Programme Committees of the IAF, and partially sponsored by Space Canada.  Entrants were challenged to prepare a technical paper about concepts for the transmission of power, harvested in space from the Sun, and brought down to Earth.  SGAC and IAF would like to thank applicants for their commendable efforts.

Read on to learn more about this year’s winner.

Ryoko Nakamura

Ryoko NakamuraRyoko Nakamura was born in Aichi prefecture, home to the largest rocket industry in Japan.  She grew up with great enthusiasm for space since she was a child and graduated with a PhD in high-energy astronomy at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).  Ryoko has worked as an engineer at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for three years, and her professional career has been dedicated to the development of new sensor technology for Earth observation satellites.  She is also interested in researching new possibilities and/or capabilities of space applications, and space exploration, for the benefit of humankind.  Her proposal for the Space Solar Power Competition addresses one of her challenges to expand potential space missions, as well as her knowledge about the space sector.

Ryoko expressed gratitude as the inaugural SSP Competition winner:

"I truly appreciate this award granted by the SGAC and IAF, and I am very glad to be given the opportunity to discuss current topics with space enthusiasts from around the world."


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