A lightweight tile structure integrating photovoltaic conversion and RF power transfer for space solar power applications

Eleftherios E. Gdoutos, Christophe Leclerc, Fabien Royer, Michael D. Kelzenberg, Emily C. Warmann, Pilar Espinet-Gonzalez, Nina Vaidya, Florian Bohn, Behrooz Abiri, Mohammed R. Hashemi, Matan Gal-Katziri, Austin Fikes, Harry A. Atwater, Ali Hajimiri, Sergio Pellegrino

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Abstract

We demonstrate the development of a prototype lightweight (1.5 kg/m2) tile structure capable of photovoltaic solar power capture, conversion to radio frequency power, and transmission through antennas. This modular tile can be repeated over an arbitrary area to form a large aperture which could be placed in orbit to collect sunlight and transmit electricity to any location. Prototype design is described and validated through finite element analysis, and high-precision ultra-light component manufacture and robust assembly are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Spacecraft Structures
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Edition210019
ISBN (Print)9781624105302
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 8 Jan 201812 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKissimmee
Period8/01/1812/01/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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