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Wireless Power Transmission and the Effect of its Development on Planetary Exploration. Nicola Soper International Space University SSP05 Mars Society Conference 5 th August 2005. Introduction. History Technology Limitations Benefits and General Applications
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Wireless Power Transmission and the Effect of its Development on Planetary ExplorationNicola SoperInternational Space University SSP05Mars Society Conference 5th August 2005Introduction
  • History
  • Technology
  • Limitations
  • Benefits and General Applications
  • Near term Affects for Mars Exploration
  • Long term affects for Mars Exploration
  • Conclusions
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005History of WPT
  • Brief History
  • Nikola Telsa – Experimented in 1899
  • Imagined a global wireless power distribution system
  • William Brown
  • Established microwave to electricity conversion
  • Invention of the Solar Panel
  • First NASA solar powered satellite 1958
  • Oil Crisis
  • NASA program
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Technology
  • Solar Harnessing
  • Dynamic Power Generation via turbomachinery
  • Photovoltaic Cells
  • Beam Technology
  • Microwave (Radio frequency)
  • Laser (Infrared Frequency
  • Alternative = Mirrors to focus direct sunlight
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Limitations
  • Cost
  • Atmospheric and Weather Effects
  • Safety
  • Technical Maturity
  • Legal
  • Article IV of Outer Space Treaty 1967???, is it a weapon of Mass Destruction?
  • ABM Treaty
  • Article II of Outer Space Treaty Non-Appropriation of space (protection)
  • ENMOD convention
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Benefits and Applications
  • In Orbit
  • Greater Intensity of Sunlight in Space
  • Independence on Temporal Cycle - 99% time in Sunlight in GEO
  • Not subject to dimming over day period
  • Not subject to weather affects
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Benefits and Applications
  • Greater Power per unit area
  • Light weight deployable structures
  • Alternative to Solar Arrays and Nuclear Power
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Some Applications
  • Global Energy Demand
  • 50 x (5km squared panels) illuminated 99% time
  • Beamed Energy Transportation
  • Direction Propellant heating
  • Electric Power
  • Lunar Base, ISS, Satellite Constellation
  • Commercial Applications
  • Tourism, Hotels etc.
  • Planetary Exploration and Colonisation
  • Planetary Protection
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Planetary Exploration - Near Term
  • Mission to Meridium Planum
  • Remote Locations
  • Mass Advantages
  • 24hr Power
  • Nicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Planetary Exploration - Long Term
  • Colonisation
  • Exploration, Human and Robotic
  • Multi Settlements
  • Satellite Networks e.g. Communications, Remote Sensing, GPS etc.
  • Planetary Protection
  • Planetary Environmental
  • ControlNicola SoperMars Society Conference 2005Thank youAny Questions?Nicola SoperInternational Space University SSP05Mars Society Conference 5th August 2005
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