Solar Energy from Space to Earth: US Air Force Developing Satellites for Transformation Taking Place in 2024
Researchers from the United States are planning to use technology to transport solar energy from space to Earth. Therefore, they do not depend on the size of the device, as well as the climate.
According to FREE NEWS, the US Air Force Research Laboratory is currently developing a project called Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research (SSPIDR). It was developed to collect solar energy in space and send it for use and application on earth.
AFRL will develop satellites equipped with groundbreaking sandwich panels that convert solar energy into RF or radio frequency energy and emit it to Earth. Down there, the receiving antennas convert HF energy into usable energy.
In relation to their results, the scientists determined that an innovative solar battery is also suitable for this purpose, although then they will be limited by their location, the required collector size, and the climate and atmosphere on earth.
However, the study’s authors stated that “if the solar panels were in orbit,” they could have unrestricted access to the sun’s rays, guaranteeing uninterrupted energy supply.
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Solar cells that span the length of the propulsion system convert sunlight into electricity that is used to power the propulsion system. During the mission, these solar panels would face the sun to collect maximum energy.
The SSPIDR project
The SSPIDR project, as described on the Kirtland Air Force Base website, also includes experiments, also known as SPINDLE and SPIRRAL, that will show the orbit evolution of a scaled-down version of a power-beam satellite.
Ways to keep satellite temperatures within a manageable range are also being tested. SPINDLE is scheduled to launch in Alpha Space’s Materials International Space Station experimental flight facility in 2023, which is designed for use outside the ISS or the International Space Station.
In addition, there are currently some studies on space solar energy. In relation to this, the PRAM-FX or the photovoltaic high-frequency antenna module flight experiment officially launched the X-37B robotic aircraft of the US space forces abroad in May 2020.
The PRAM-FX is said not to radiate energy to this planet, although it is helping researchers measure the effectiveness of converting sunlight to RF from sandwich tiles. In addition, the early returns are described as promising, as shown by a recent study.
Robot X-37B space plane
Space.com described the X-37B robotic spaceplane as the U.S. Air Force’s unscrewed spaceplane that has flown four secret missions to date and carries secret payloads on long-term flights in Earth orbit.
This robotic airplane is similar to NASA’s famous space shuttle, although it is much smaller. In addition, the X-37B is approximately 29 feet long and 9.5 feet high and has a wingspan of just under 15 feet. At launch, it weighs 11,000 pounds.
Additionally, the X-37B’s payload bay, or the area where cargo is packed, is seven feet long by four feet wide, roughly the size of a pickup truck bed.
What this spacecraft is carrying is still nuclear. Air Force officials generally only comment on the general objectives of the programs, emphasizing that each payload is classified.
According to a Z-37B fact sheet compiled by the Air Force, the vehicle has two main goals: first, to develop reusable spacecraft technology for the future of the United States in space, and second, operational experiments that can also be returned and examined on Earth.
A related report is shown on Boeing’s Youtube video below:
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