Accession Number:

ADA101983

Title:

Performance of the Solar Cell Experiments Aboard the NTS-2 Satellite after Three Years in Orbit.

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept. 1 Oct 79-30 Sep 80,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-07-30

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

This report presents the results obtained from the solar cell experiment aboard the NTS-2 satellite after 1,176 dyas in orbit. The objective of the solar cell experiment is to evaluate the performance and radiation hardness of state-of-the-art solar cells in the space environment. The experiment is comprised of fifteen separate experimental modules each containing five 2 x 2 cm solar cells connected in series. The solar cell types include advanced state-of-the-art silicon solar cells such as the COMSAT CNR cell, the Spectrolab Textured Helios Reflector cell, and the Solarex Vertical Junction cell. Also included for the first time in a flight experiment is the Hughes gallium-arsenidegallium-aluminum-arsenide cell. There are also on board experiments to evaluate environmental effects on coverslip adhesives.

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE