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They Invented What? (No. 85)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 6, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,260,639:  Method for remotely powering a device such as a lunar rover.


What is claimed is:

1. A method of supplying power to a device located on the surface of a planet, comprising the steps of:

          orbiting at least one satellite around the planet, wherein the satellite comprises a nuclear reactor for generating electrical power;
          generating electrical power via the nuclear reactor;
          converting the generated electrical power into a GaAlAs laser beam;
          directing the GaAlAs laser beam from the at least one satellite to the device; and
converting the power of the GaAlAs laser beam into electrical power for use by the device, said converting step comprising directing the GaAlAs laser beam through a layer of n-GaAlAs semiconductor, through a layer of p-GaAlAs semiconductor, and then through a layer of p-GaAs semiconductor, whereby an electric current is generated.