Space to Solve Climate Change

How can we rapidly accelerate the utilization of space resources and in-space manufacturing to address climate change?


Climate change is a global issue that will require innovative solutions. One potential avenue for addressing this challenge is by leveraging space resources, which offer unique opportunities for monitoring, mitigating, and adapting to the impacts of climate change on Earth.

The goal of this project is to conduct research to evaluate the availability of resources in space and conduct a rigorous ideation process to develop new ideas for addressing climate change on earth. The outcome of that ideation process will be a set of concepts which can be down-selected to identify the best solution for the team to pursue over the course of the project.

Key accomplishments

• Narrowed the scope of their project to focus on a single concept related to wireless power transfer and how the technology can be developed for more efficient use on Earth for future space applications.

• Secured faculty advisor Dr. Mogammedreza Imani, an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering as well as industry advisor Zachary Donathon, an RF Engineer from Benchmark Electronics for phase II of the project.

Project contacts: 

Mark Naufel

Funding years:

2023-2024

Team members

Matt Gialich

AstroForge Co-Founder and CEO

External Co-Lead

Tyler Smith

Director, ASU Luminosity Lab

Mary Hintze

Engineering Associate, ASU Luminosity Lab

Jacob Mansur

Student, Industrial Design

Christina Sturgeon

Student, Mechanical Engineering

Elizabeth Arnold

Student, Computer Systems Engineering

Phil Mauskopf

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

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