|Title:||Space solar power : SPS-Alpha LEO prototype demonstration mission design|
|Authors:||Sarah Blyde, Author|
|Material Type:||ISU Individual Project|
|Publisher:||Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France) : International Space University, 2020|
|Size:||1 online resource (41 p.) / col. ill.|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references|
Space solar power (SSP) is a potential solution for sustainably and reliably meeting the worlds growing demand for energy by harnessing energy from the Sun and transmitting this energy via microwaves to receivers on Earth. SSP can provide continuous baseload energy supply, addressing the intermittency issues of current sustainable energy solutions, such as ground-based solar and wind.
Solar Space Technologies (SST) Pty Ltd. has developed a four-phase plan to launch a full-scale SPS-ALPHA (Solar Power Satellite by means of Arbitrarily Large Phased Array). The second phase is the focus of this report and will consist of a SPS-ALPHA prototype launched to low-Earth orbit (LEO) to demonstrate the technology in space.
This report proposes a preliminary design for the SST Phase II LEO prototype demonstration mission and evaluates its technical and economic feasibility. The proposed windmill prototype design will demonstrate critical technology and systems during a year-long mission costing approximately $169 million. It will be launched into an orbit of 51.6° inclination and 600 kilometers altitude for in-space assembly, function tests and space-to-space wireless power transmission (WPT) tests. The orbit will then be reduced to 450 kilometers to test space-to-ground WPT before the satellite deorbits and the mission concludes.
|ISU program :||Master of Space Studies|
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