Work in UK on the Applications of Solar Cells in Space
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (UNITED KINGDOM)
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British efforts and achievements in the field of photovoltaic solar energy conversion in space over the past 14 years are reviewed. The satellites powered by British solar cells are listed and the Ariel 3 array is described in detail by way of an introduction to the subject. Silicon cells of conventional thickness have been developed to a conversion efficiency exceeding 11.5 and thin cells with a superior power-to-weight ratio have been developed and manufactured in pilot production. Other achievements are a cheaper and better type of glass coverslip, an ultra-thin integral glass coating and lightweight flexible cadmium sulfide cells. In anticipation of future multikilowatt power requirements, a prototype lightweight deployable array embodying advanced concepts has been built and qualified for prolonged operation in the geostationary orbit.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Unmanned Spacecraft