Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

John R. Juroshek

Abstract: The solar power satellite (SPS) is a concept for generating electrical power from solar energy via a geosynchronous orbiting satellite. A facility, such as this, would be able to send approximately 5 to 10 gigawatts of power to earth on a highly focused 2450 MHz microwave beam. The electromagnetic compatibility problems cause by this amount of microwave power transmission are recognized as a critical factor in the implementation of such a system. This report examines the potential for interference between SPS and conventional satellite earth terminals. The report begins with a general discussion of the different ways that interference between SPS and satellite systems can occur. Estimates are made of the levels of harmonics and out-of-band noise that are likely to be radiated by SPS. These levels are then compared to the interference threshold for various representative satellite scenarios. The report concludes that a potential for interference exists in the 2500 MHz to 2690 MHz direct broadcast satellite frequency assignments. Another potential problem is SPS radiation at the 7350 MHz 3d harmonic that falls within the 7300 MHz to 7400 MHz space-to-earth government satellite band.

Keywords: interference; solar power satellite; satellite

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