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Construction of Power Receiving Rectenna Using Mars- In-Situ Materials; A Low Energy Materials Processing ApproachIt is highly desirable to have a non-nuclear power rich option for the human exploration of Mars. Utilizing a Solar Electric Propulsion, SEP, / Power Beaming architecture for a non-nuclear power option for a human Mars base potentially avoids the weather and dust sensitivities of the surface photovoltaic option. Further from Mars areosynchronous orbit near year round power can be provided. Mission analysis, however, concludes that ultra high (245 GHz) frequencies or laser transmission technologies are required for Mars landed mass competitiveness with the surface photovoltaic option if the receiving rectifying antenna "rectenna" is transported from Earth. It is suggested in this paper that producing rectenna in situ on Mars surface might make a more conventional 5.8 GHz system competitive with surface PV. The premium of a competitive, robust, continuous base power might make the development of a 10 plus MWe class SEP for human Mars mission a more attractive non-nuclear option.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Curreri, Peter A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Rose, M. Franklin
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Energy Production and Conversion
Meeting Information
Energy-Rich Approaches to Human Exploration of Mars and Beyond: Potential Applications of Innovative Space Power Concepts and Technologies(Toulouse)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.