Laying the Foundation for Space Solar Power:: An Assessment of NASA's Space Solar Power Investment Strategy

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National Academies Press, Oct 30, 2001 - Science - 94 pages
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In March 2000, NASA's Office of Space Flight asked the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council to perform an independent assessment of the space solar power program's technology investment strategy to determine its technical soundness and its contribution to the roadmap that NASA has developed for this program. The program's investment strategy was to be evaluated in the context of its likely effectiveness in meeting the program's technical and economic objectives.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
12 Background
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13 Study Approach
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OVERALL SERT PROGRAM EVALUATION
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22 Applications
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23 International Efforts
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References
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Individual Technology Investment Evaluations
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37 Structures Materials and Controls
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38 Thermal Materials and Management
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39 Space Transportation and Infrastructure
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310 Environmental Health and Safety Factors
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311 Platform Systems
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APPENDIXES
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Statement of Task
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Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
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32 Solar Power Generation
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33 Space Power Management and Distribution
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34 Wireless Power Transmission
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35 Ground Power Management and Distribution
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36 Space Assembly Maintenance and Servicing
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Example of NASAs SERT Program Technology Roadmaps
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Brief Overview of NASAs Space Solar Power Program
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Participants in Committee Meetings
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Acronyms and Abbreviations
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