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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