Solar Thermal Propulsion Experiments Design
PHILLIPS LAB EDWARDS AFB CA
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Satellites that are currently under powered or have low photovoltaic PV efficiency, may be rejuvenated by dosing them with laser power beamed from earth. Also, current strictly solar thermal propulsion schemes may be able to use laser power as a replacement energy source when they are eclipsed. Several questions must be answered before a multiple use of laser power may be designated. The questions are outlined in the background section of this paper. They deal with gains that may be realized using solar power for operating specific hardware as opposed to laser power. A series of experiments that will give us information we can use to answer the questions will be performed. However, this paper outlines and presents only the design of experiments based upon statistical methods generated by Dr. Genuchi Taguchi.
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