Fractionated solar power satellite for regional coverage

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This paper presents a preliminary analysis of a fractionated solar power satellite system for regional coverage. The fractionated system is composed of a cluster of satellites, in different possible configurations, that concurrently beam energy to the ground through medium power lasers. The paper presents an analysis of the possible orbit solutions that can be adopted to provide power during the night time to local users in different regions of the world. The system is intended to serve mobile stations or local stations that can be hardly accessed by normal power lines or are cut off during disasters. A preliminary system analysis shows that with a limited number of small size satellite local users can be provided with a few kWh of energy every day.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012
Event63rd International Astronautical Congress - Naples, Italy
Duration: 1 Oct 20125 Oct 2012


Conference63rd International Astronautical Congress


  • solar power satellite
  • heliosynchronous orbits
  • formation flying
  • fractionated satellites
  • heliotropic orbits


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