Extraterrestrial Applications of Solar Optics for Interior Illumination

by David A. Eijadi, BRW Inc, United States,
Kyle D. Williams, BRW Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The major purpose of this paper is to introduce a terrestrial technology that we believe has potential extra-terrestrial applications. The technology is Solar Optics, which is subdivided into Active Solar Optics (ASO) and Passive Solar Optics (PSO). ASO and PSO are systems for transmitting sunlight to remote interior spaces. ASO is most appropriate for task illumination and PSO is most appropriate for general illumination. The impetus for research into Solar Optics, the need for energy conservation, as well as the applied criteria, lightweight and low cost materials which minimize volumetric requirements, parallel those of NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) program and Lunar base applications.

Subject Headings: Space life support systems | Light (artificial) | Space exploration | Solar power | Space colonies | Space stations | Light (natural) | Lunar materials

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