Fractionated solar power satellite for regional coverage

Vasile, Massimiliano (2012) Fractionated solar power satellite for regional coverage. In: 63rd International Astronautical Congress, 2012-10-01 - 2012-10-05.


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    This paper presents a preliminary analysis of a fractionated solar power satellite system for regional coverage. The fractionated system is composed of a cluster of satellites, in different possible configurations, that concurrently beam energy to the ground through medium power lasers. The paper presents an analysis of the possible orbit solutions that can be adopted to provide power during the night time to local users in different regions of the world. The system is intended to serve mobile stations or local stations that can be hardly accessed by normal power lines or are cut off during disasters. A preliminary system analysis shows that with a limited number of small size satellite local users can be provided with a few kWh of energy every day.