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Allowing for effects of field persistence in the plasma environment, average electrical power from about 100 W to 10 kW, and more preferably from about 500 W to 5 kW may be provided by the power supply to drive the magnetic field source to generate the shield magnetic field.
For comparison, International Space Station's solar arrays, while large and heavy, are capable of 120 kW of generating capacity.
The Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona is the largest nuclear power plant in the United States with three reactors and a total electricity generating capacity1 of about 3,937 MW.
The R. E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in New York is the smallest nuclear power plant in the United States, and it has one reactor with an electricity generating capacity1 of 582 megawatts (MW)
originally posted by: firerescue
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the moon, the Van Allen Radiation Belts strike back ……..
Researchers at UCLA have discovered a new phenomenon where electrons (beta particles) in the upper Van Allen Belts are being accelerated to near speed of light
Many of the particles escape from the radiation belt forming a beam of high energy radiation which may endanger deep space missions