William C. Brown - succeeded in demonstrating amicrowave-powered helicopter in 1964
A power conversion device from microwave to DC,called a RECTENNA was invented and used for themicrowave-powered helicopter.
Power transmitted over a distance of 1.6 km. The DCoutput was 30 kW.
The DOE/ NASA Satellite Power System ConceptDevelopment and Evaluation Program, started in 1977.
The SPS was proposed by P.E. Glaser in 1968.
History of Free Space Power