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Accession Number ADA567326
Title Beaming Electricity via Relay Satellites in Support of Deployed Combat Forces.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 79p
Personal Author T. R. Essenpreis
Abstract The logistics required to supply military forces based in remote hostile territory can be onerous. A major component of those supplies is the fuel required to operate generators that provide electrical power. This research sought to determine the feasibility of a space-based system using wireless power transfer technology to relay power to a remote base from a location with a commercial grid. The two wireless power transfer methods examined in this research both use electromagnetic radiation. One method operates in the part of the spectrum known as radio using high-power transmitters, and the other operates in the near-infrared using lasers. These two methods were integrated into architectures and modeled and analyzed to determine which one was the more feasible. The result is that while both methods are feasible, the radio wireless power transfer method loses far more power from end to end than the laser method, and it also needs to be in a far lower orbit to operate at all, requiring more spacecraft for global coverage. The laser-based relay still has disadvantages though, including weather effects and safety concerns.
Keywords Artificial satellites
Combat forces
Contingency operating locations
Cost analysis
Deployed combat forces
Electric power
Electric power beaming
Electric power transmission
Electricity beaming
Electromagnetic radiation
Expeditionary electrical infrastructure
Expeditionary electricity
Expeditionary operations
Feasibility studies
Infrared lasers
Near infrared radiation
Radio transmitters
Radiofrequency wireless electricity
Relay satellites
Remote areas
Space based
Space-based electricity relays
Wireless communications
Wireless power transfer

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 46C - Optics & Lasers
97I - Electric Power Production
46 - Physics
84G - Unmanned Spacecraft
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Space Systems Academic Group.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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