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A limitation on the small-scale demonstration of retrodirective microwave power transmission from the solar power satellite

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2 Author(s)
Rodenbeck, C.T. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, USA ; Kai Chang

The solar power satellite (SPS) is a future system for transmitting a high-power microwave beam to the Earth using a large, space-based retrodirective array. However, the small-scale demonstration of a prototype retrodirective transmitter for this application faces a basic limitation and associated tradeoffs, which are identified and described in this paper. Computer-simulated examples are presented, and recommendations are made.

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 4 )