Researchers from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center and the University of Miami have teamed up to protoype a solid-state battery that could be used in microsatellites.
NASA said Saturday Luke Roberson, a senior principal investigator at Kennedy’s Exploration Research and Technology Directorate, collaborates with Ryan Karkkainen and Xiangyang Zhou, researchers at the University of Miami, on the battery development project as part of the agency’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program.
Roberson noted that the battery may also be used as an alternate power source for homes and buildings as well as be integrated in walls of structures during construction to serve as an additional power source.
“This technology could be used on satellite structural trusses, the International Space Station, or to power habitat structures established on another planet,” he added.
Daniel Perez, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Miami, and two other students from the university support the development of the two- to three-millimeter-thick battery.