THERMAL TESTING OF EXPANDABLE SOLAR COLLECTORS
AIR FORCE FLIGHT DYNAMICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The solar collector test program was initiated to determine the structural response of expandable and unfurlable solar collectors to a simulated space thermal environment. The heating of the collectors was by T-3 infrared heat lamps, and cooling was obtained by liquid nitrogen boil-off. The collector structures in both instances performed as expected and no unusual deflections were measured.
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