Near term ideas and tests for powerbeaming to reduce complexity, overall mass or provide propulsion and to create enduring space infrastructure

Unbundling power systems can significantly reduce the design, integration, operations, maintenance, enhancement, and/or evolution challenges for a spacecraft. As we transition from building one-off spacecraft to enduring infrastructure managing the cost, schedule, and technical risk of each of these aspects of a program becomes ever more critical.

The mass and volume associated with the power system of a spacecraft is a material fraction of the overall budgets for the spacecraft. A material reduction can facilitate doing more with less.

The ability to optimize a power system of a spacecraft to provide an additional change in velocity at opportune moments can materially alter the operational constraints on a spacecraft.

Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships wants to test various forms of powerbeaming from the international space station to various cubesats.

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