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Feasibility Study of Cargo Airship Transportation Systems Powered by New Green Energy Technologies
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Author and Affiliation:
Skuza, Jonathan R.(National Inst. of Aerospace, Hampton, VA, United States);
Park, Yeonjoon(National Inst. of Aerospace, Hampton, VA, United States);
Kim, Hyun Jung(National Inst. of Aerospace, Hampton, VA, United States);
Seaman, Shane T.(National Inst. of Aerospace, Hampton, VA, United States);
King, Glen C.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Choi, Sang H.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States);
Song, Kyo D.(Norfolk State Univ., VA, United States);
Yoon, Hargsoon(Norfolk State Univ., VA, United States);
Lee, Kunik(Department of Transportation, McLean, VA, United States)
Abstract: The development of transportation systems that use new and sustainable energy technologies is of utmost importance due to the possible future shortfalls that current transportation modes will encounter because of increased volume and costs. The introduction and further research and development of new transportation and energy systems by materials researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center (LaRC) and the Department of Transportation are discussed in this Technical Memorandum. In this preliminary study, airship concepts were assessed for cargo transportation using various green energy technologies capable of 24-hour operation (i.e., night and day). Two prototype airships were successfully constructed and tested at LaRC to demonstrate their feasibility: one with commercially available solar cells for operation during the daytime and one with microwave rectennas (i.e., rectifying antennas) developed in-house for night-time operation. The test results indicate the feasibility of a cargo transportation airship powered by new green energy sources and wireless power technology. Future applications will exploit new green energy sources that use materials and devices recently developed or are in the process of being developed at LaRC. These include quantum well SiGe solar cells; low, mid-, and high temperature thermoelectric modules; and wireless microwave and optical rectenna devices. This study examines the need and development of new energy sources for transportation, including the current status of research, materials, and potential applications.
Publication Date: Apr 01, 2014
Document ID:
(Acquired May 29, 2014)
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2014-218241, L-20307, NF1676L-17035
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 833011.02.07.89Z5.13
Financial Sponsor: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 102p; In English; Original contains color and black and white illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
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