Accession Number:

AD0755743

Title:

Status Report on RAE Advanced Solar Array Development.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

Recent progress in advanced lightweight solar array technology is reviewed. Solar cell performance was improved. Panel assemblies embodying the cementless mounting technique have successfully withstood prolonged deep thermal cycling and other environmental tests. Some are currenlty being flown experimentally on the Prospero technological satellite. A stowed array has survived severe vibration with negligible damage. A solution has been found to the problem of protecting the backs of the cells from low energy protons. Useful experience has been gained in all aspects of the manufacture, handling and testing of flexible folding arrays. Design qualification tests have begun on a 280W prototype. The advantages and disadvantages of the design in relation to the alternative roll-up type are discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE