Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew J. Terzuoli, PhD
The USAF is interested in developing a solar powered satellite power beaming system using X-Band radiation. To determine the expected level of transmission efficiency of the system, an atmospheric characterization and radiative transfer modeling system called LEEDR was employed. A study was conducted to validate LEEDRs performance while working with microwave frequencies by replicating brightness temperatures measured by a 10.7 GHz radiometer above the Pacific Ocean in 1999. The results were inconclusive. Brightness temperature vs. rain rate curves developed within other studies for X-Band radiation curves could be replicated within LEEDR, and therefore the associated path transmission and extinction values. These values can serve as a lookup table between brightness temperatures and attenuation for 10 GHz radiation, which provide useful metrics for determining expected transmission efficiencies.
DTIC Accession Number
Friz, Noah W., "An Analysis of X-Band Radiation for Space Based Wireless Power Transmission" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 4896.