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Powering an in-space 3D printer using solar light energy
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes how a solar power source can enable in-space 3D printing without requiring conversion to electric power and back. A design for an in-space 3D printer is presented, with a particular focus on the power generation system. Then, key benefits are presented and evaluated. Specifically, the approach facilitates the design of a spacecraft that can be built, launched, and operated at very low cost levels. The proposed approach also facilitates easy configuration of the amount of energy that is supplied. Finally, it facilitates easier disposal by removing the heavy metals and radioactive materials required for a nuclear-power solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9865, Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII, 98650B (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223454
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Skye Leake, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Thomas McGuire, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Parsons, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael P. Hirsch, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9865:
Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII
Nibir K. Dhar; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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