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Making the first steps towards solar power from space - microgravity experiments testing the deployment of large antennas
ESA Advanced Concepts Team.
ESA Advanced Concepts Team.
University of Glasgow.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Structural Mechanics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6802-8331
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2009 (English)In: IAC 2009: Proceedings of the 60th International Astronautical Congress, 2009, IAC-09.C3.4.4- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Concepts for solar power from space have received renewed attention over the past year. High costs for fossil fuel during most of 2007 and 2008 have contributed to increasing the interest not only in traditional renewable energy sources but also in options usually considered as rather "exotic". Solar power from space is one of these. Given the potential size of such an endeavour, it is particularly important to demonstrate its feasibility and convince energy sector representatives and critics via concrete demonstrator projects targeting key technologies. The construction of a light-weight, very large structure as needed for transmitting antennas and the demonstration of wireless power transmission over very large distances are two of these key technologies. The present paper presents two experiments Furoshiki-2 and Suaineadh addressing these key technologies.

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2009. IAC-09.C3.4.4- p.
, Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, ISSN 0074-1795
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Aerospace Engineering Applied Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-83637ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77953523925ISBN: 978-161567908-9OAI: diva2:498871
60th International Astronautical Congress, Daejeon, South Korea, 12-16 October, 2009
QC 20120213Available from: 2012-02-12 Created: 2012-02-12 Last updated: 2012-02-13Bibliographically approved

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