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    Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP)
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    SBSP Experiments and Studies


      Space-based solar power (SBSP) is the conversion of solar energy in space, by using photovoltaic technology, into microwave energy which is transmitted to Earth for use.

      Background Information

    • Space Solar Power: Limitless clean energy from space [View Resource]
    • Space solar power: Let the sun shine in [View Resource]
    • Will Space-Based Solar Power Finally See the Light of Day? [View Resource]
    • Space-based solar power - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Space Solar Power Satellite Technology Development at the Glenn Research Center - An Overview [View Resource]
    • Wireless Power Transmission for Solar Power Satellite (SPS) [View Resource]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Japan continues to pursue dream of solar power harvested from space [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Meeting the Challenges of Implementing Portable Space-Based Solar Power [View Experiment]
    • Making the first steps towards solar power from space – microgravity experiments testing the deployment of large antennas [View Experiment]
    • Space-based Solar Power: Possible Defense Applications and Opportunities for NRL Contributions [View Experiment]
    • Wireless power transmission of space based solar power [View Experiment]
    • Experimental Results From the Thermal Energy Storage-1 (TES-1) Flight Experiment [View Experiment]
    • URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite (SPS) Systems and Report of the URSI Inter-Commission Working Group on SPS [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Modeling the effects of proton irradiation CIGS solar cells [View Thesis]
    • Thermal Design of the Oufti-1 nanosatellite [View Thesis]
    • Orbits design for leo space based solar power satellite system [View Thesis]


    • Peter Glaser 1973: "Method and apparatus for converting solar radiation to electrical power" - transmitting microwaves from a one kilometer diameter antenna mounted on a satellite to a much larger antenna on Earth (US Patent 3781647, 1973) [View Patent]
    • Advanced survivable space solar power system (US Patent 5154777, 1992) [View Patent]
    • Stretched Fresnel lens solar concentrator for space power (US Patent 6075200, 2000) [View Patent]
    • Solar powered system for a space vehicle (US Patent 5228644, 1993) [View Patent]

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