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High altitude solar power platform. [aircraft design analysis
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Author and Affiliation:
Bailey, M. D.(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
Bower, M. V.(Alabama Univ., Huntsville., United States)
Abstract: Solar power is a preeminent alternative to conventional aircraft propulsion. With the continued advances in solar cells, fuel cells, and composite materials technology, the solar powered airplane is no longer a simple curiosity constrained to flights of several feet in altitude or minutes of duration. A high altitude solar powered platform (HASPP) has several potential missions, including communications and agriculture. In remote areas, a HASPP could be used as a communication link. In large farming areas, a HASPP could perform remote sensing of crops. The impact of HASPP in continuous flight for one year on agricultural monitoring mission is presented. This mission provides farmers with near real-time data twice daily from an altitude which allows excellant resolution on water conditions, crop diseases, and insect infestation. Accurate, timely data will enable farmers to increase their yield and efficiency. A design for HASPP for the foregoing mission is presented. In the design power derived from solar cells covering the wings is used for propulsion, avionics, and sensors. Excess power produced midday will be stored in fuel cells for use at night to maintain altitude and course.
Publication Date: Apr 01, 1992
Document ID:
19920012303
(Acquired Nov 07, 1995)
Accession Number: 92N21546
Subject Category: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Report/Patent Number: NASA-TM-103578, NAS 1.15:103578
Document Type: Technical Report
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 91p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: AERODYNAMICS; AGRICULTURAL AIRCRAFT; AGRICULTURE; AIRCRAFT DESIGN; AVIONICS; COMMUNICATION NETWORKS; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; FUEL CELLS; HIGH ALTITUDE; PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS; REMOTE SENSING; SOLAR CELLS; SOLAR ENERGY; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT
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