Aerospace Engineering Seminar Series: Dr. Paul Jaffe, NRL
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
2164 Martin Hall, DeWalt Seminar Room/Hybrid
SPEAKER: Dr. Paul Jaffe
TITLE: Power Beaming & Space Solar
ABTRACT: The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has a strong heritage of turning visionary ideas into reality: nuclear submarines, space surveillance, and GPS are just a few examples that have roots at NRL. Today, a confluence of advances at NRL and elsewhere present unprecedented opportunities in two potentially revolutionary energy technologies: Power Beaming & Space Solar. As recognized in NRL’s acclaimed technical reports on these topics, delivering energy without moving or employing mass and the prospect of collecting clean, continuous, abundant sunlight in space and distributing it globally present compelling capabilities for remote installation energy resupply, disaster response, and power for the developing world. In this talk, Dr. Jaffe will present the visions for power beaming and space solar, and delve into their technical, regulatory, and economic challenges and opportunities.
BIO: Dr. Paul Jaffe is an electronics engineer and researcher at NRL. He has worked on over a dozen NASA, NOAA, DARPA, Air Force, and other sponsor space missions, including SSULI, STEREO, TacSat-1, TacSat-4, MIS, CARINA, and RSGS. He led spacecraft computer hardware development and developed standards as part of the Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space effort. He served as a coordinator and editor of NRL and OSD Space Solar study reports and is a portfolio manager for ground-breaking power beaming and space solar-related research efforts.