A key consideration regarding the use of wireless power transfer in Earth orbit is the reliability of the technology. This has several different areas of consideration. It must reliably supply power to its customers (or they would have to have local generation capabilities sufficient for their needs, defeating the benefit of this system). It must also be shown to reliably supply power only to designated locations (and not inadvertently or otherwise beam power at other locations). The effect of the system design (including the Origami structure and deployment / rigidity mechanisms) is considered to assess whether the use of this technology may impair either of these key mission/safety-critical goals. This analysis is presented and a discussion of mitigation techniques to several prospective problems is presented, before concluding with a discussion of future work.
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Alexander F. Holland, Jens Pearson, Wilson Lysford, Jeremy Straub, "Consideration of the use of origami-style solar panels for use on a terrestrial/orbital wireless power generation and transmission spacecraft," Proc. SPIE 9865, Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII, 98650E (17 May 2016);