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Design of an inflatable and deployable space reflecting concentrator
Author(s): Benxin Wang; Zhao Yang; Bingjing Mao; Tianxiang Zhang; Yukun Feng
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Paper Abstract

An inflatable and deployable reflecting concentrator has been designed based on the Advanced Technology of Inflatable and Deployable Space Structure to concentrate solar energy. Around the focal area, a conversion plate made of thermoelectric semiconductor is set to convert the solar energy gathered into electricity to drive various spacecrafts. The whole system will be made mainly of polyester membrane. In pursuit of steady performance, solidify-technology is applied to solidify the structure after it is deployed. The membrane structure boasts the following advantages: lightweight, high efficiency, easy deployment and low cost. Those are of great importance in resolving the contradiction of launch vehicle's limit capability and the growing size of space equipments. Its efficiency and manufacturability have been analyzed and proved. The result shows that it has great business value. Several plans of its application in the aerospace engineering are also presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6624, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Optoelectronic System Design, Manufacturing, and Testing, 66241K (12 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791166
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Benxin Wang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Zhao Yang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Bingjing Mao, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Tianxiang Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Yukun Feng, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6624:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Optoelectronic System Design, Manufacturing, and Testing

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