Opportunities and Challenges for Space Solar for Remote Installations
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON United States
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This study report extends previous efforts exploring the concept of providing power to military and remote installations via solar power satellites. The goal of the study was to determine the feasibility of a coordinated development effort for this capability. Included are key findings of opportunities and challenges, as well as recommendations for advancing the development of technologies applicable to space solar for remote installations. The study team determined that there remain significant unresolved technological, economic, legalpolitical, operationalorganizational, and schedule challenges inherent in the development of the capability. Important questions regarding the most promising approaches and prospective utility for operationally relevant contexts have yet to be definitively answered because of technological immaturity and uncertainties in non-technical areas. Because of the potential game-changing nature of space solar, investments in several critical areas are recommended, the foremost of which is power beaming technology.
- Unmanned Spacecraft