MMA Design, in partnership with Northrop Grumman and the U.S Air Force, is working to develop space-based solar power transmission capability aimed at converting the sun’s energy into radio frequency for transmission back to Earth.
The Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research program, or SSPIDR, is a unique concept that will enable the capture of solar energy in space to be returned precisely to where it is most needed on Earth.
According to a recent Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) press release, “SSPIDR is part of the AFRL’s ‘big idea pipeline’ to ensure we continue to develop game-changing technologies for our Air Force, DoD, nation and world.”
MMA will leverage its flight-qualified technologies,and expertise in efficiently-packaged deployables, RF antenna payloads and space power to support NG and AFRL in the development and demonstration of this new capability.
The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the United States Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force.