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

Eleftherios 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 (+3 others)
2018 2018 AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference   unpublished
We demonstrate the development of a prototype lightweight (1.5 kg/m 2 ) 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
more » ... -light component manufacture and robust assembly are described. * Research Scientist, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, MC 105-50. AIAA Member.
doi:10.2514/6.2018-2202 fatcat:pk6v7theerbgtbarz3cr36hoda