|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||290/001R ; 244/168 ; 244/173 ; 322/002R|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 12 인용 특허 : 9|
The space-based solar power generating system is comprised of a flexible thin film photovoltaic sheet supported as a sail in the solar wind. The solar wind provides pointing support, deployment support, and structure stiffness without a heavy backup structure. A high Isp electric propulsion system is used to counteract the force exerted on the sail by the solar wind.
[We claim:] [1.]a. a power sail material composed of a flexible thin film photovoltaic sheet attached to a flexible substrate;b. a lightweight power sail support structure means capable of deploying said power sail sheet in space and maintaining said power sail sheet deployed in the solar wind;c. means to electrically connect said power sail to a spacecraft; andd. a propulsion system means of sufficient thrust to counter the force exerted on said power sail by said solar wind.