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In a bold move to challenge NASA’s skepticism towards space-based solar power, Virtus Solis’ CEO John Bucknell is determined to prove them wrong. While the focus may be on exploring Mars and interplanetary colonization, Bucknell believes there is untapped potential closer to home with SpaceX’s Starship.

While SpaceX’s Starship is making headlines for its potential role in sending humans to Mars, its impact on missions closer to Earth should not be underestimated. The fully reusable launch system promises to significantly reduce the cost of rideshare missions to high-altitude orbits around our planet. This opens up a new market for higher orbits, something that startup Virtus Solis intends to exploit.

Virtus Solis is pioneering the development of a space-based power plant that aims to harvest solar energy continuously from the Molniya orbit. Bucknell, a former SpaceX rocket engineer, is confident that Starship’s capabilities make the business case for his company “extremely compelling.” Contrary to popular belief, he asserts that space-based solar power is not as far off as many suspect.

However, Bucknell acknowledges the historical reluctance of the United States towards space-based solar power. Despite this, Virtus Solis remains committed to their vision and plans to leverage the immense power and potential of the world’s most advanced technologies in their pursuit of revolutionizing renewable energy.

By challenging the status quo and harnessing the capabilities of Starship, Virtus Solis is positioning itself at the forefront of innovation in the renewable energy sector. With their ambitious plans, they aim to make space-based solar power a reality and transform the way we harness energy for a sustainable future. Time will tell if their perseverance pays off and if NASA’s skepticism proves to be misplaced.