Episode 178: DATA RELAY--Power Generation

  • This week in SF history

  • Spaceflight news

  • Short & Sweet

  • Data Relay: Power Generation

    • Thanks to Chris Bush for presenting this topic!

    • Solar Power

      • Cubesat panels can be found for ~$650 per W (cubesatshop.com)

      • GOES accounts for solar pressure/atmospheric drag (PDF, site down at time of publishing: gsfc.nasa.gov)

      • ISS array degrads ~0.5% a year in capacity (PDF: nasa.gov)

      • Solar arrays take radiation damage in multiple modes(spenvis.oma.be)

      • Solar Power for Outer Planets Study (PDF: lpi.usra.edu)

      • Paper on solar power for inner planets (nasa.gov)

      • MESSENGER added mirrors to it’s solar array (spacedaily.com)

    • Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG)

    • Nuclear Fission

    • Power for surface missions

    • Books Referenced

      • Hyder, A. K. (2003). Spacecraft power technologies. London: Imperial College Press.

      • Patel, M. R. (2005). Spacecraft Power Systems. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.