Accession Number:

AD0415431

Title:

FLAT PLATE SOLAR THERMOELECTRIC GENERATOR ORBITAL EXPERIMENT,

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LOCKHEED MISSILES AND SPACE CO SUNNYVALE CALIF

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Report Date:

1963-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

The flat plate Solar thermoelectric generator orbital experiment was performed to obtain data on flat plate generator panels functioning in an actual space environment and to correlate these data with laboratory data. These data extend the state-of-the-art and define the problem areas of the concept development and evaluation tech niques. Two orbital experiments were performed on Agena satellite systems in polar orbit. In each experiment, three thermoelectric generator panels were extended from the vehicle on an erecting oriented boom to approximate the envi ronment of an actual generator array. Two of the six orbited panels produced about 85 percent of laboratory-measured performance with no meas ured deterioration during the 39 orbits when data were available. The three panels flown in the first flight had lower performance and showed decreased performance as a function of time. The Solar intensity measurement variations were greater than anticipated. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE