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Satellite mirror systems for providing terrestrial power - System conceptA system of orbiting reflectors, SOLARES, has been studied as a possible means of providing terrestrial power with a space system of minimum mass and complexity. The key impact that such a system, providing continuous and slightly concentrated insolation, makes on the economic viability of solar farming is demonstrated. New developments in solar sailing are incorporated to reduce mirror mass and transportation cost. The system is compatible with incremental implementation and continual expansion to produce the world's power needs. Key technology, environmental, and economic issues and payoffs are identified. SOLARES appears to be economically superior to other advanced, and even conventional, energy systems and could be scaled to completely abate our fossil fuel usage for power generation.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Billman, K. W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Gilbreath, W. P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, Calif., United States)
Bowen, S. W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1978
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Space Vehicles
Report/Patent Number
AAS 77-240
Meeting Information
Meeting: Annual Meeting
Location: San Francisco, CA
Start Date: October 18, 1977
End Date: October 20, 1977
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