Peter Edward Glaser, John Mackovciak, Owen E Maynard, Eugene L Ralph, Ronald L Thomas
A feasibility study of a satellite solar power station was conducted to explore how an SSPS could be 'flown” and controlled in orbit, determine the techniques needed to avoid radio frequency interference and determine the key environmental, technological, and economic issues involved. Structural and dynamic analyses of the structure were performed, and deflections and internal member loads were determined. Desirable material characteristics were assessed and technology developments identified. Flight control performance of the baseline design was evaluated and parametric sizing studies were performed. The study of RFI avoidance techniques covered optimization of the microwave transmission system, device design and expected RFI and RFI effects. The identification of key issues involved microwave generation, transmission and rectification and solar energy conversion, environmental-ecological impact and biological effects and economic issues i.e. associated costs and benefits.