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The 27th Space Photovoltaic Research and Technology (SPRAT) Conference, sponsored by NASA’s Glenn Research Center will be held August 2-4, 2022 in Cleveland Ohio. At this meeting researchers and users discuss current trends, issues, and mission applications in development and use of photovoltaic (PV) systems for space.

At this stage, we plan to host the 27th SPRAT Conference in-person. We will continue to monitor the COVID situation and may change to a virtual format prior to the Conference. We understand that while the situation is improving, it is also still changing. We want to prioritize the health and well-being of our employees, presenters, and the wider research community and will follow the guidance of our local government and health professionals.

As always, there will be no registration fee to attend SPRAT in 2022.

At the 26th SPRAT, we highlighted photovoltaic technologies that supports NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the lunar surface and extend our reach to Mars.

Topics for 2022 include:

The Call for Abstracts is Available for download. 27th SPRAT Call for Abstracts 

Abstracts are Due by June 17th.

Please e-mail question to Jeremiah McNatt.

Registration is Free

The Irving Weinberg Award

The Irving Weinberg Award was established in 1995 and is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Irving Weinberg (1919-1995), a leading contributor to the field of space photovoltaic research and development at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. It honors his accomplishments as a researcher, leader, and mentor to a new generation of space photovoltaic scientists and engineers.

The award is presented at every SPRAT conference to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of space photovoltaics and represents the dedication, diligence, and leadership qualities exhibited by Dr. Weinberg during his career.

To best honor the next recipient of the Irving Weinberg Award, the award will not be presented at the 26th SPRAT Virtual Conference. The next award will be presented at the 27th SPRAT in August 2022.

PAST Irving Weinberg Award Recipients
Name Conference Date
Dr. Chandra Goradia 14th SPRAT Oct. 24-26, 1995
Dr. Masafumi Yamaguchi 15th SPRAT June 10-12, 1997
Dr. Dennis Flood 16th SPRAT Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 1999
Mr. Henry Curtis 17th SPRAT Sept. 11-13, 2001
Dr. Bruce Anspaugh 18th SPRAT Sept. 16-18, 2003
Dr. Geoffrey Summers 19th SPRAT Sept. 20-22, 2005
Dr. Dean C. Marvin 20th SPRAT Sept. 25-27, 2007
Dr. Ed Gaddy 21st SPRAT Oct. 6-8, 2009
Dr. Robert W. Francis 22nd SPRAT Sept. 20-22, 2011
Dr. Paul Sharps 23rd SPRAT Oct. 28-30, 2014
Dr. Mark Stan 24th SPRAT September 20-22, 2016
Mr. David Wilt 25th SPRAT September 19-21, 2018

Registration Information

Registration for 27 is Closed:

If you like to be added to the SPRAT mailing list, please contact Jeremiah McNatt

Additional Information

Additional information including hotel accommodations and local suggestions are available on the registration page.

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