Accession Number:

ADA089526

Title:

Solar Power Satellites - A Review of the Space Transportation Options.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

195.0

Abstract:

Solar power satellites, if developed, could supply a large proportion of the worlds future electrical energy requirements in a safe and pollution-free manner. However, such enormous orbiting structures, with masses of up to 100000 tonnes, can only be built and operated if suitable transportation systems are provided. This Report reviews the options available for lifting both heavy payloads and personnel to low earth orbit, and from there to geostationary orbit. It is concluded that conventional launcher technology, using liquid hydrogenliquid oxygen engines, should be adequate for the former task. The latter can best be accomplished using electric propulsion, with ion thrusters being the most suitable devices, owing to their high efficiency and advanced state of development. Environmental effects of such a transportation system are considered, and it is concluded that they should not prove to be unacceptable. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Electric and Ion Propulsion
  • Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines
  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE