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International Space Station powered by the NDB

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Space exploration drone

 

Satellite electronics

 

Spacesuit mobile power

 

Space Stations

 

Cube satellite

 

Exploration missions to previously unsustainable areas

International Space Station is pushing the frontier of space exploration as you read this. As a result space exploration has been the talk of the town in recent years.

 

Even more headlines of commercial space travel promised by companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic is fresh in our memories.

 

For example, one of the key areas of innovative challenges in space is energy harvesting.

Since space is an energy-scarce environment. Therefore securing energy is not only useful. But also necessary for the safety of astronauts. Especially since the general public will also be involved once space travel becomes commercially available.

 

Although this has been carried out using a solar panel traditionally. It must be remembered that a solar panel has one shortfall, it needs light to generate electricity. Since in space, light isn’t as abundant as it is here on Earth.

 

Because of this the Mars Rover famously fell silent due to space dust. Since it covers the surface of its solar panel rendering it dormant. However, if the Mars Rover was to have been equipped with NDB this would not have happened. Since the NDB is weather independent and it can operate without an external power source. Therefore, because NDB carries its source of electricity within it. Unlike solar panels, it could operate anywhere in the world both on Earth and in space.

Space exploration drones

 

Again, the bottleneck of space exploration devices like drones is its limitation in available power. Therefore by installing NDB which has an inbuilt energy source it could operate continuously without interruption.

Satellite electronics

 

Equally, in the era of mobile and digital communication, society is increasingly depending on satellites. Therefore, to cope with the increasing demand, the market forecast suggests more satellites will be launched in the coming years. Moreover, all of the said satellites requires power-hungry computation and electricity to power it.

 

Since, NDB is a source of electricity that could generate electricity for thousands of years. Therefore it will be able to supply the required electricity. Not only that, due to its long-lasting nature it will increase the operational lifetime of the satellite.

Spacesuit mobile power

 

Because of the recent success of commercial space travel tests. Such as the Falcon Heavy by SpaceX. As a result more and more individuals are expected to travel in space wearing a spacesuit.

 

So that in each and every one of these spacesuits, there is a host of electronics that support the space traveler. In particular, these electronics vary from heads-up-display consoles, life-support, and communications. However, having these life-dependant components being powered by a traditional battery. Which has limited charge storage would be a concern. As a result it presents a barrier to the adoption of space tourism.

 

However since NDB is a source of electricity that does not run out in a lifetime of a user. Not only that but the time out in space. This will bring reassurance to the potential space tourists.

Space Stations

 

The International Space Station has been a landmark achievement in the human history of interstellar explorations. Especially since it provides a headquarter for astronauts to carry out experimentations. As well as provide refuge from the outside environment.

 

However, the International Space Station. Along with any other habitable area requires power to support the user’s basic needs. Such as heating, lights as well as power to run the equipment for experiments. Like with the other examples above, traditionally these needs have been satisfied by using a solar panel. However, when there is damage or malfunction to the solar panels of an international space station the astronauts have to risk going outside to resolve the issue.

 

Since NDB is a power source that contains its own power internally. For this reason, it could be placed inside the international space station. Therefore mitigating the risk of going outside as well as provide power for the International Space Station.

Cube Satellite

 

In addition to the International Space Station. Following its development the recent advancement in aerospace engineering is Cube Satellites. These are microsatellites that are released as ballasts after a rocket launch in place of non-functional weights.

 

This innovation has been praised by many since it effectively uses the precious payload. Instead of to useless weight to disseminate microsatellites lowering the entry barrier for upper atmosphere research.

 

Typically, in each of these satellites, there is dedicated equipment that carries out a set of experiments that requires a power source. Like space exploration drones, the longevity of the operational lifetime of these satellites depends on its power source. Therefore, by using NDB as a power source. Which has a tremendously long lifetime it could increase the operational life of cube satellites significantly.

Exploration missions to previously unsustainable areas

 

It is fresh in our memory that the Chinese probe Chang’e-4 has successfully landed on the far side of the moon. Although despite popular belief the far side of the moon does actually receives sunlight. However, it has a certain limitation, it receives 2 weeks of continuous sunlight then none for another 2 weeks.

 

Therefore, Solar panels, could only receive sunlight for 2 weeks. Followed by none for the 2 weeks after that creating a blank period of energy provision to the probe.

 

Since NDB is independent of external power sources. Therefore it will be able to provide electricity perpetually. Thus allowing the probe to operate at full power constantly. This is just one example of how NDB could expand the scope of explorable areas that were limited by power source limitations. Other examples include outer-solar system probes and extra-solar system probes that are limited due to low luminosity.