solar turboelectric drive
solar turboelectric drive[′sō·lər ¦tər·bō·i¦lek·trik ′drīv]
A proposed method of spacecraft propulsion in which solar radiation is focused on an area occupied by a boiler to heat a working fluid that drives a turbine generator system, producing electrical energy. Abbreviated STED.
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