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SYSTEMS FOR SOLAR POWER BEAMING FROM SPACE

United States Patent Application

20100276547
A1
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A low earth orbit system for beaming energy to earth includes a solar reflector that collects and focuses solar light onto a solar panel, transforming it into electricity to drive a diode pumped laser, which then produces a high-power laser beam that is directed to a receiver on the surface of the Earth via a diffractive lens. A steering system of optics and automated hardware controls the beam direction.
Rubenchik, Alexander M. (Livermore, CA), Parker, John M. (Tracy, CA), Yamamoto, Robert M. (Sacramento, CA), Beach, Raymond J. (Livermore, CA)
12/ 773,036
May 4, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.