AC/DC Power Systems with Applications in Future Human Habitat on Lunar and Mars Bases

Badrul H. Chowdhury, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Sabbir A. Hossain
James T. Lawrence
Sushant Barave

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As NASA readies itself for new space exploration initiatives starting with a human return to the Moon by the year 2020 eventually leading to human exploration of Mars, the requirements for a safe, efficient and comprehensive power system to support the exploration missions as well human habitat will become important issues to consider. Certain issues dealing with electric power generation and distribution on board Mars-bound vehicles and those on Lunar and Martian surfaces are described. The requirements for lightweight power generation dictates the use of a high frequency ac machine. Preliminary results of investigating the design of a permanent magnet synchronous machine is presented. ©2006 American Institute of Physics