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NASA Spacecraft Solar Cell Arrays
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NASA Office of Advanced Research and Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), ComSat Labs, TRW Systems Group, The Boeing Company, Heliotek, and RCA 

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NASA Spacecraft Solar Cell Arrays
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NASA Office of Advanced Research and Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), ComSat Labs, TRW Systems Group, The Boeing Company, Heliotek, and RCA 


Solar cell arrays provide electrical power for almost all unmanned spacecraft because of their simplicity, relatively modest cost, and high reliability.  The use of spacecraft solar cell arrays depends of the sunlight incident on the array and the conversion efficiency of the solar cells, as well as angle of light incidence, temperature, the corpuscular radiation environment, occasional meteoroid collisions, ultraviolet radiation, and the electrical load.  

Typical design considerations are storage during launch; motive power for deployment; weight; thermal balance; requirements for batteries and power conditioning; and reconciliation of any conflicting orientation requirements with those of the communication antenna or optical sensors.

Covers "State of the Art," design criteria, and recommended practices, presenting existing successful design techniques and practices then used in the majority of flight programs.

This fine book reviews the history of photovoltaic devices, from the description by E. Becquerel in 1939.  Discusses the struggle for semiconductor purity in the 1940s and 1950s, and the discovery of photovoltaically sensitive p/n junctions in silicon, germanium, and lead sulfide.  Chronicles the use of solar cells in spacecraft, beginning with Vanguard 1 and Explorer 6.  Explains solar cell output as a function of time, and tells how solar cells are fabricated from raw materials and made into interconnected units.  

Covers the process of energy conversion by solar cells, effects of light wavelength, electrical output, and the effects of cell thickness and area.  Goes into the many effects of space environment: intensity of illumination, effect of temperature, effects of energetic particles.  Then investigates solar cell protective covers and coatings, and various adhesives and their best application (RTVs, Sylgard, and others).  Explains the best ways to mount solar cells, construction of solar paddles, orienting solar cell arrays in space, interconnections, and electrical characteristics of arrays.  Explains how solar cells and arrays are tested.  Compares (in technical tables) the specifications and performance of many satellite and space systems arrays.

Loaded with excellent technical drawings, charts, graphs, and illustrations--25 in all.


CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Historical background
  • Flight experience
  • Solar cell characteristics
  • Effects of space environment
  • Solar cell protective covers and coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Solar array construction
  • Assessment of design objectives
  • Components of the solar cell array
  • Testing
  • Assessment of design objectives
  • Components of the solar cell array
  • Testing
  • State of the Art
  • Criteria
  • Recommended Practices
  • References


NOTE: These sample illustrations are greatly reduced in size and resolution from the original book.

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