Space Solar Power Demo: WWWWW & H?
Posted by Coyote on January 12, 2008
It’s time to get busy again!
Our very good friend, Hu Davis, recently circulated some good questions regarding the who, what, when, where, why, and hows of demonstrating space solar power. He poses the questions from the perspectives of two groups; space solar power enthusiasts, and some NASA people who work the International Space Station (ISS). (Please note that like the rest of us, our friends at NASA-ISS are just brainstorming with us to see what help the ISS might be able to lend to advance space solar power concepts–there is no official NASA position or policy on any of this yet.)
Below you will find the questions posed by Hu. Please comment!
From the SBPS crowd:
1. What should be the content, scope and cost of an updated systems study to re-examine the cost effectiveness of a full scale network of 5 to 10 GWe satellites and their necessary space and ground systems? There are many subordinate questions not yet answered, including how to pay for it and who should run it.
2. What should be early, low cost (< $100 Millions total) demonstrations? By whom? When? Source of funds?
3. What should be demonstrated at higher cost, but costing much less (10-20% of that of a full scale prototype)? Sequence? Timing? Cost? Whose money?
4. How should we address the “space infra-structure” matter? When? Who? In what order? Time and costs?
5. What will the full scale prototype be? When can it become operational? Schedule? Cost? Barriers?
From the ISS bunch:
1. What can the ISS support? Power / time? Suspended mass? Torques? Dimensions of test articles? Pointing? RMS usage? EVA? Expected end date of availability? We need an “ISS User’s Guide” for space power development.
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