John R. Juroshek; Francis K. Steele

Abstract: The concept of collecting solar energy in an orbiting, geostationary, solar power satellite (SPS) and then beaming this power to earth via a focused microwave beam at 2.45 GHz has received considerable attention in recent years. This report examines some of the potential interference problems that might exist between SPS and general electronics equipment. The report specifically considers the possibility of interference to conventional consumer electronic devices such as TV receivers, AM/FM stereo receivers, electronic calculators, and FM mobile receivers. Also included are estimates of the field intensities that would be required to produce interference in three different types of integrated circuits. The report also examines the potential for interference to medical electronics devices, with specific emphasis on pacemakers and site security devices such as proximity detectors and security TV cameras.

Keywords: electromagnetic compatibility (EMC); interference; satellites; solar power

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Disclaimer: Certain commercial equipment, components, and software may be identified in this report to specify adequately the technical aspects of the reported results. In no case does such identification imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, nor does it imply that the equipment or software identified is necessarily the best available for the particular application or uses.

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