Chris DePuma is an electronics engineer in the Spacecraft Electronics branch of the NRL. He has supported multiple programs during his time at the lab, most notably he is the program manager for the Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Module (PRAM). This experiment, currently flying on the Air Force X-37B, is a prototype of a future Solar Power Satellite that aims to convert solar energy in space to a microwave transmission that can be sent back to earth for terrestrial use. Mr. DePuma has also spent significant time supporting the DARPA-funded, NRL-led Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. For RSGS he has contributed to the environmental test campaign, as well as the harness design efforts.
This State of the Art Report (SOAR) reviews the current state of a selection of novel, non-traditional, and/or emerging sources and technologies for harvesting, generating, and reusing energy. It offers synopses of new programs; summaries of significant technological breakthroughs and technology applications; highlights of outstanding developments; and impacts to the DoD.