25 July 1989 Onboard Energy Conversion And Thermal Analysis Of The MTL System
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A non-nuclear energy conversion concept-MTL (Microwave Power to Low Earth Orbits) was previously presented in order to supply SDI platforms power in the housekeeping, alert and burst power modes. In this paper the major issues addressed are:, system design, integration and analysis. Parametric design of the major subsystems of the MTL bus, which includes the rectenna, the monolithic solid oxide fuel cell etc, is presented. The results of the parametric design,and of computer simulation are used as inputs to construct a comprehensive systems design code. A reference MTL system design which meets the requirements of duty cycles spelled out in open literature is presented. A comparison of mass and power is made between the MTh system and the SP-100 and burst power systems, which demonstrates the competitiveness of the proposed MTh design.
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M. N. Kadiramangalam, M. N. Kadiramangalam, M. I. Hoffert, M. I. Hoffert, G. Miller, G. Miller, } "Onboard Energy Conversion And Thermal Analysis Of The MTL System", Proc. SPIE 1061, Microwave and Particle Beam Sources and Directed Energy Concepts, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951813; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.951813
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