This project will develop an efficient laser power beaming system for a variety of Lunar operation scenarios, including crewed bases and autonomous rovers. This Phase 1 effort will explore transmitter, receiver, and system level trade-offs between a multitude of optical, electrical, and thermal subsystem design choices and parameters, based on our previous experience in designing, fabricating, testing and demonstrating long-range, high power wireless laser power beaming systems.
We will determine optimal values for major system design parameters, including transmit and receive aperture sizes, laser wavelength, and more for lunar operating constraints. We will recommend an overall system design that balances optimization between system size, mass, and end-to-end efficiency.
The proposed system for wireless optical power distribution will apply to:
Wireless power to remote telecom gear (military , industrial), remote sensors (military, industrial), unmanned vehicles (air, ground, sea, space), consumer devices, and to remote work sites (lighting, equip, tools).