Recently, the team of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) won the second prize of International Space Solar Power Student Competition. The coaches were Profs. Meng Xian-long and Sun Ya-song from School of power and energy. Team member included Wang Rui, Zhao Jia-zi, Xie Long, Liu Feng, Gao Chao.
The team presented their research titled “New optimization method for SPS-ALPHA Mark-Ⅱ based on improved ACO algorithm” in the final held at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) on October 1-5, 2018 in Bremen, Germany, which proposed the optimization design solution for optical transmission of thousands of facets in SPS-ALPHA Mark-Ⅱ based on source-target mapping and Ant Colony Optimization(ACO) algorithm.
The International SSP Student Project Competition is a faculty-advised, student-conducted international research and engineering research/paper competition which engenders new, meaningful and credible student research projects in the broad field of Space Solar Power.
The competition is organized by SPACE Canada, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Power Committee, Commission III of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC) SSP Track, and the IAF Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
Figure 1. SPS-ALPHA concept proposed by NASA and the source-target mapping model proposed by NPU team
Figure 2. The picture of NPU team at IAC 2018
Figure 3. NPU team withIAF Power Committee