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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 exploration

Wireless Power Transmission and the Effect of its Development on Planetary Exploration

Nicola Soper

International Space University SSP05

Mars Society Conference 5th August 2005

introduction
Introduction
  • History
  • Technology
  • Limitations
  • Benefits and General Applications
  • Near term Affects for Mars Exploration
  • Long term affects for Mars Exploration
  • Conclusions

Nicola Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

history of wpt
History 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 Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

technology
Technology
  • Solar Harnessing
      • Dynamic Power Generation via turbomachinery
      • Photovoltaic Cells
  • Beam Technology
      • Microwave (Radio frequency)
      • Laser (Infrared Frequency
      • Alternative = Mirrors to focus direct sunlight

Nicola Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

limitations
Limitations
  • 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 Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

benefits and applications
Benefits 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 Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

benefits and applications7
Benefits and Applications
  • Greater Power per unit area
  • Light weight deployable structures
  • Alternative to Solar Arrays and Nuclear Power

Nicola Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

some applications
Some 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 Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

planetary exploration near term
Planetary Exploration - Near Term
  • Mission to Meridium Planum
    • Remote Locations
    • Mass Advantages
    • 24hr Power

Nicola Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

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Planetary Exploration - Long Term

  • Colonisation
  • Exploration, Human and Robotic
  • Multi Settlements
  • Satellite Networks e.g. Communications, Remote Sensing, GPS etc.
  • Planetary Protection
  • Planetary Environmental

Control

Nicola Soper

Mars Society Conference 2005

thank you any questions

Thank youAny Questions?

Nicola Soper

International Space University SSP05

Mars Society Conference 5th August 2005