This is the Journal of Space Communication from the Society for Satellite Professionals International, and reaches an entirely new audience. Released this past weekend, with withthirty major articles, the journals' General Editor, Don Flournoy, in "SUNSATS: The Next Generation Of COMSATS points out that
"All the more reason why the building of SunSat/ComSat partnerships is a matter of priority. In January 2008, the Space Solar Power Institute of Atlanta GA, approached the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology with a proposal to form "a congressionally chartered public/private corporation" patterned after the highly successful model provided by the COMSAT Act of 1962. The purpose of the Sun Satellite Corporation would be "to build commercial power satellites to collect and transmit energy to electric power grids under contract to wholesale (utility) customers on earth," a strategy that would improve America's energy security. News about this initiative hasn't yet made headlines, but since such an approach is exactly the one most likely to be taken by such other spacefaring nations as Canada, China, India and Japan - our collaborator/competitors in the race to space for energy - this idea is not going away.