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NRL Conducts First Test of Solar Power Satellite Hardware in Orbit
Image of the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module (PRAM) with a 12-inch ruler for scale. The hardware is the first orbital experiment designed to convert sunlight for microwave power transmission for solar power satellites. (Image Courtesy of U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

WASHINGTON (NRL PR) – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on May 17 as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space.

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  • May 20, 2020
Military Courts Space Tourism Companies for Troop Deployment Project

Flight Global has more information on this week’s National Security Space Office (NSSO) conference on suborbital vehicles. Invited guests to the Texas confab include a who’s who of private companies trying to develop space tourism, including Armadillo Aerospace, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and XCOR.

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  • February 23, 2009