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Title: The Powerstick Development
Authors: Chmielewski, A.B.
Ewell, R.
Bennett, R.
Nesmith, W.
Issue Date: 31-Jul-1995
Citation: Orlando, FL
Abstract: Proof of concept testing has been performed on a "powerstick" trickle charger, which uses heat from a radioisotope heater unit to charge spacecraft batteries. The type of unit being tested uses a bismuth-telluride thermoelectric converter to produce roughly 40 mW at 15 V. This is much less power than a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG), but the cost and level of environmental concern are also much less.
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