Solar Power Station/Satellite (SPS) with Phase Controlled Magnetrons


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E86-C    No.8    pp.1550-1555
Publication Date: 2003/08/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Microwave and Millimeter Wave Technology)
SPS,  microwave power transmission,  phase magnetron,  phased array,  

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We developed a phase controlled magnetron (PCM) with high DC-RF conversion efficiency and with phase control to steer a microwave beam in order to realize the final space Solar Power Station (SPS) system. For the PCM, we use injection locking technique and PLL feedback to anode current. We can stabilize and control a frequency and a phase of a microwave of the PCM. However, we have a power loss after the PCM for the SPS use because of a size of the antenna (> km) and of a microwave power (> GW). In order to decrease power loss after PCM, we newly propose a concept of "sub phase shifter" which can change only 1 or 2 bits of a phase and has low loss. We can keep high beam collection efficiency when we control a beam to a twice larger direction in the SPS system. With this concept, we developed a PCM array called SPORTS (Space Power Radio Transmission System) in FY2000 and FY2001 in Kyoto University.