Energy from Outer Space

A Course about Space Solar Power


What you’ll learn

  • Understanding of Space based Solar Power.
  • Understanding of the Pros and cons of Space Based Solar Power.
  • Understanding of financial costs and benefits of Space Based Solar Power.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of Space Based Solar Power.

Course Content

  • Why do we need Space Solar Power? –> 6 lectures • 14min.
  • History of Space Based Solar Power –> 7 lectures • 13min.
  • Design & Applications of Space Based Solar Power –> 12 lectures • 22min.
  • Challenges & Hurdles –> 7 lectures • 10min.
  • Primary & Secondary Market Opportunities –> 12 lectures • 18min.
  • SSP Roadmaps –> 6 lectures • 8min.
  • Summary – Questions –> 1 lecture • 3min.

Energy from Outer Space



Why and who should do this course?

We want to encourage people to get into STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – even if it isn’t your background. This course is designed for non-science as well as those who enjoy scientific subjects. Space Solar Power is very likely to be the future, because the Chinese know that they need a grand solution to their heavily coal polluting energy economy. If you are an investor, CEO, businessman or woman, journalist, or simply have an interest in new ideas that are mind blowing, this is the course for you.


What is Space Solar Power?

Space based Solar Power (SBSP) or Space Solar Power (SSP) is a technology to harvest 24 hours a day, energy from outside the atmosphere of the Earth and beam it safely to Earth. This would, its proponents argue, lessen, or even replace the need for fossil fuels or terrestrial renewable energy. This has knock on effects for social and economic justice because it lowers the need to extract harmful chemicals to make batteries and other technologies if the SSP is built to make hydrogen based liquid fuels. Space Based Solar Power would also change the way energy is distributed. If energy is required in a disaster zone, then mobile receiving systems could be deployed rapidly. The scale of SSP is both large and small, with minimum impact on the Earth’s environment.

Space Solar power also has its detractors, with many people failing to understand that comparative approaches are alright if one understands that one has to try to compare like with like. Even proponents often make erroneous comparisons such as SSP with solar power in North African deserts or Southern Spain. These comparisons often do injustice to SSP which is a technology that will have far reaching effects.

Whomever controls SSP will become what Saudi Arabia is to the world of oil supplies. We hope though the SSP will be a commodity owned by the world for the world, in a truly egalitarian way. Therefore, this course is so much more than a technology course. It’s a course that will touch upon the economics of energy and wider long-lasting impacts on a range of new technologies and markets yet to be created. It is a course about a vision that has been the lifelong work of John C Mankins and his predecessor, Peter Glazer, NASA scientists to whom we owe so much.


Is this course suitable for you?

Anyone can do this course because we have created to be flexible. Some of you who do not like mathematics can skip these sections entirely and still gain a huge understanding of Space Solar Power. If you enjoy maths, then we have enough of that to satisfy your needs. If you want to be a pioneer of robotics, space flight, economics, futuristic renewable energy, and solve climate change, then this is the course you need to do. SSP is the cutting edge of the future, and ignorance of it will leave you behind in a rapidly changing world. The value of this course to your career is that you will know about a technology that is the future.

What are you interested in?

If you have interests in entrepreneurial projects of the future, economics, Sustainable architecture, Climate Change, Corporate Investment Responsibility, Leadership, Business Strategy, Business Analysis, banking, project management, journalism, science, robotics, aircraft, rockets, markets for space technology, the Great Reset, Greening our economy, space, moon bases or you like Star Trek, this is a course that you will enjoy!


What will you learn?

This course will recap some of the Future of Energy course you may have already completed. If you haven’t completed it, we highly recommend it as it will assist your learning experience but it is not a pre-requisite. We have sold that course in various forms to over 20,000 customers on and offline, and it is our best seller here on Udemy. However, it should be noted that this course will not dwell too much on that course. We’ll briefly recap its main points and move rapidly on to teach you about Space based Solar Power.

Energy from Outer Space – what you’ll learn

By the end of this course, you will have a knowledge of: –


  • Space based Solar Power
  • How Space Solar Power works
  • What are its major advantages?
  • What are its major drawbacks?
  • Which nations are developing it and why?
  • An idea of what it costs to get into orbit
  • Rockets, how they work, with some mathematics if you want to go into detail
  • Orbital Mechanics and how this is relevant to SSP
  • Wider future market opportunities, including direct and indirect markets both new and to be developed
  • Why Space Based Solar Power will be an investment in the future
  • Space Based Solar Power weapons – are they feasible? Can we make them safe?
  • A wider knowledge of the economics of energy and how SSP can change it


What we don’t teach you includes impacts on Net Zero targets because such ideas are for you to figure out. We won’t dwell much on carbon savings as CO2 isn’t the only greenhouse gas, and in any case it is the general policy of ‘The Future of Energy College’ not to dabble in Climate Change, as it seems to be a subject fraught with accounting difficulties. We will however point you to studies and workshops that look into this matter in more detail and leave it up to you to make your own conclusions. The European Space Agency for example have hosted a workshop which we have provided on this course which is all about the plan to move to Net Zero utilising Space based Solar Power.

Opening doors

In the modern world knowledge is not always power, otherwise we’d have much better governments than the semi-educated, mostly unscientific bankers puppets we have right now. However, knowledge is the ability to gain paid employment, and the difference between one candidate and another is not always only their schooling, college or university degree. What matters is often knowledge you have gained yourself. That’s our mission: to give independent knowledge to our students. Most universities are sadly connected to the oil industry and thus are compromised by these connections. We here at the Future of Energy College are proud to say we have no such connections. We tell you the science ,maths and history in the most objective way possible. We consulted a wide range of scientists to create this course:-


Consultants involved in our Project to bring SSP into Public debate


Consultants who we have approached to do this course and our film in co-operation with Perimetr Films:-


  • Professor Naoki Shinohara, Kyoto University – expert on SSP and Wireless Power Transfer
  • Paul Jaffe, US Naval Laboratory – interview on Space Solar Power
  • John C Mankins, ex-NASA – lectures, talks and books on SSP Alpha – the godfather of SSP
  • Michael Loweth, Oxford Space Systems, UK – expert of foldable technology
  • Melissa Thorpe, Director of Spaceport Cornwall, UK

Pre-tested by students


To test this course, it’s creator has presented it to a group of 1000 live students to make sure it answered all their questions. Parts of the FREE Rocket course have been removed – particularly parts on aerodynamics – which were found to be difficult and time consuming, and in any case, these were only part of the additional FREE rocket course (which is a separate Presentation). This means you have a course that will suit all needs, without compromising on the content. The rocket course has been added as a ppt presentation that is not mandatory.

Why this course?

This is the only course of its kind online on Udemy in the world at present. It comes to you at a low price because we want to spread the word about Space Based Solar Power. We have also teamed up with Perimetr Films to produce a documentary film called “Valery Danko Discovers Energy from Space”. This film will be produced in 2022. It will provide you with special extra information from exclusive interviews with Professor Shinohara of Kyoto University and Paul Jaffe of the US Naval Research Laboratory in the USA.

This course builds upon the previous course: the Future of Energy. It tackled issues such as Energy Return on Investment of Energy, Exponential loss of resources, and what kind of energy economy would be the most suitable for the future. However, you do not have to do that course to complete this one, though it might help you to understand some of the concepts. This course is packed with information and short lectures. These are designed to give you bit size chunks of information, so that you can quickly assimilate the material.

There are links taking you to the latest Net Zero workshops by the European Space Agency involving scientists from all over the world including NASA and the Chinese Space Agency. This course also has graphics and data from some of the latest designer of SSP including CASSIOPEAI from the UK and the UK government assessment on the viability of SSP for the UK.


FREE Rocket & Orbital Mechanics Course

John Clarkson who wrote this course has also included a FREE rocket and orbital mechanics course included to provide you with extra value. This allows you to work out the velocities required to get to higher orbits. This is not mandatory but a special extra to help you understand how rockets and their costs are affected by how missions are planned to place SSP in their chosen orbits.


Skills you will Develop

The skills you will pick up on this course will be as follows: –


Unprecedented knowledge of a unique potential energy technology of the future

Critical analysis of projects and plans

The ability to see beyond what looks economically impossible at present.

Course Structure

The course is divided into lectures as follows: –


Lecture 1 – An Introduction to Energy from Outer Space

Lecture 2 – A brief history of Space based energy systems

Lecture 3 – What are the options?

Lecture 4 – Challenges – a look at the hurdles that such technology must overcome

Lecture 5 – Market Opportunities

Lecture 6 – Roadmaps – a plan for the future

Lecture 7 – Conclusion – an exercise to help you put your knowledge together and inspire you


At each stage you will be given questions to answer to enhance your learning experience and cement your knowledge.


At the end of the course, you can listen to a 2-day workshop hosted by the European Space Agency. This is also additional extras to help those who want to know more. This material will be updated as time moves on, making this course an invaluable tool to you as you develop your career.

Who is the Future of Energy College?

We are an independent online college run by John M Clarkson, who has written most of this course. It is part of a wider project involving a film called “Valery Danko Discovers Energy from Space”, and “Valery Danko Discovers Easter Island” both produced by Perimetr Films our partnering company.

We are independent despite being approached by a number of major energy companies to make courses for them on energy. We have refused all such offers and rely solely on your payments to make more courses. With your help we’ll produce more courses on a range of different kind of Zero carbon technologies that are not mainstream yet and have the ability to change our world.

Why don’t you get accredited?

People want us to be like universities and carry a whole load of useless accreditations. Accreditations are meaningless pieces of paper. I know because I’ve been upfront and personally involved in accreditation bodies, and not one of the accreditors knew anything. It’s a government racket. We don’t believe in government bodies or the governments we currently have: they are the manifestation of the banking, financial sector and auditing elites who rule them as puppets.  Accrediting bodies often have shareholders who are related to the government of the nation the operate within.

We won’t tolerate this kind of corruption and villainy. This is so much in our make-up that we have sponsored a film called: ‘The World Stripped Bare’ by Perimetrfilms one of our partner companies. Instead you can make up your own mind whether this course is any good or not and give us a fair rating. That’s all we ask from you.


We live in the Barnstorming Space Age

We live in the barnstorming age of space flight. Barnstormers were early pilots who flew people on joy rides and delivered post in 1920s and 1930s America. They were called ‘Barnstormers’ because their planes were often housed in barns rather than hangers. As time goes on though technicians are working towards making space travel as normal as air travel. However, flying and larger forms of transport will require fuels. This means new technologies will soon be involved in developing a renewable energy that can produce liquid fuels. Understanding the future helps you to adapt to it more rapidly than others. This gives you huge opportunities in the job market and as a consultant.

Why should I purchase this course from you?

This course has been 2 years in the making. It’s the only one of its kind in the world. The videos are concise and to the point. You can learn it fast and you can learn it slowly, going through the additional documents and links. It’s also got a FREE rocket course with a Rocket Calculator that will give you immense satisfaction as you consider how you can get your SSP design into higher orbits. You can in theory even model a rendezvous with a satellite from a moon based ferry to accelerate your payload to GEO orbit.


The question is: have you got anything to lose by doing this course?



Course Writer: John M Clarkson BA(Hons) MSc
Course Presenter: Tatjana Anders, actress & presenter (London)
Video: CASSIOPEIA SSP project, Kris Holland of Pure Realism and MAFIC Studios (Canada), Valery Danko Discovers Energy from Space: a film about SSP in production by Perimetr Films, and Perimetr Films film editing.
Materials: gathered from a wide range of specialists around the world (see References document inside the course for more details).
Music: Elena Pehle, award winning composer from Germany and Belarus

Copyright (c) The Future of Energy College, John Clarkson (2021) All Rights reserved. Copy or illegal distribution of our videos or materials are strictly prohibited.


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