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Solar Satellites Affirmative

Solar Satellites Affirmative

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09/14/2012

Each satellite requires 4 years of the world production of krypton

Steve Oleson, Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, 08/’99, “Advanced Electric
Propulsion for Space Solar Power Satellites”, Glenn Technical Reports Server,
http://gltrs.grc.nasa.gov/reports/1999/TM-1999-209307.pdf (alex werner)

Due to the large amounts of fuel required for the many nodes, a more plentiful fuel than the xenon used
today will be needed for the Hall thruster. Krypton propellant was chosen over xenon propellant due to its
better availability (roughly 10 times xenon) for so many large spacecraft. 7 As much as 2000 MT of
krypton will be needed to deliver the entire
sun tower spacecraft. Currently, the world yearly
production of krypton is
from 200 to 500 MT. Thus several years of production would need to be
stockpiled
for the complete mission.

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Space Based Solar Panel Satellite AFF
DDI ’08 Lab: KNOCK OUT
Eric, Anuj, Alex, Jackie, Matt

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