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SPACE Canada is dedicated to promoting, supporting and encouraging international dialogue on space-based solar power through research, education and commercialization.

We will accomplish our mission by serving as a facilitator, enabling individuals, organizations and governments to engage in a dialogue that will transform our world view from one of isolated energy solutions to a comprehensive global system.

to view the first phase of the International Space Solar Power Student Competition on Friday, June 27, 2021

We are pleased to make public several presentations that were given at the recent International Symposium on Solar Energy from Space, held September 8-10, 2009 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.
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The 2021 International Space Solar Power Student Competition


Due to the large number of requests, the deadline has been extended to May 19th, 2021


The 2021 International Space Solar Power Student Competition is a global, undergraduate and graduate level annual event presented by SPACE Canada, in partnership with the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Power Committee, National Space Society (NSS), and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), is in its fifth year. This year, the competition involves student team projects that address sustainable and affordable space architecture and design that can take useful advantage of the energy option of Space Solar Power (SSP). The competition will encompass multiple disciplines but will be focused each year around a particular Solar Power Satellite concept. During 2021, the focus will be to address key challenges and new innovations and/or architectures of solar power satellites, with particular attention made to addressing life cycle CO2 challenges (including, but not limited to, the construction, maintenance, operation and disposal services of SPS satellites).


Abstracts can be submitted through the registration button below.


The competition is staged in three rounds:

  • Initial proposals and selection of project teams to participate in the competition. The first deadline for participation in the 2021 competition is development and submission of an abstract (500 words max.) for a proposed student research project by not later than May 19th, 2021.
    Accepted projects will be announced by early June 2021.
  • Presentations of initial project results by the semi-finalists at the International NSS Space Development Conference (ISDC), this year held virtually on June 24-27, 2021 and selection of finalists. Each semi-finalist project team will be required to satisfy the normal requirements for the Competition, and to submit a slide deck on the project for evaluation – as well as making a presentation via online presentations.
  • Presentation of the finalists’ project results at the International Astronautical Congress, followed by selection of a winner for the year. The 2021 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is planned for Dubai, UAE on October 25-29, 2021 on site.
    These finalists will also be invited to participate at the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2021 to join in workshops, conferences, and presentations.
    Each finalist project team will be required to satisfy the normal requirements for the Competition, to submit a slide deck on the project for evaluation, make an online/onsite presentation and deliver a technical paper in the formatting and style of an IAC paper.



  • Up to three teams will be considered for selection as finalists in the 2021 Competition.
  • Where applicable, two representatives from each finalist team will be compensated for their attendance at the SGC and the IAC. This includes reimbursement for registration, travel and accommodation (up to a value of $4000 USD per team).
    In the event of a virtual SGC/IAC, cash prizes will be awarded for the competing teams to the value of $5,000 USD for first place, $4,000 USD for second place and $3,000 USD for third place. This will be in lieu of travel support.
  • Submitted papers and presentation slide decks from all three teams will be posted on the SPACE Canada website to become part of the literature of Space Solar Power for 2021.


If you would like to receive more information about the updated 2021 SSP student competition, please contact us at: .


For full details and rules guiding the Competition, see the 2021 announcement.


The deadline for submission of 2021 project team proposals is May 19th, 2021.


Please confirm that you wish to participate under the revised terms of the competition for 2021.


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Wireless Power Transmission Demonstration Project
One of the exciting sessions conducted at the International Symposium on Solar Energy from Space involved a demonstration of wireless power transmission. This demonstration utilized state-of-the-art solid state amplifiers in a retro-directive phased array system that beamed power with high efficiency across the Great Hall at the Ontario Science Centre.
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Day 1 - Just before Opening Session

SPACE Canada wishes to thank Kris Holland of Mafic Studios for his permission to use his beautiful images of solar power satellites in “From the Sun to the Earth”. We thank Kris for his generosity.