NRL's Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment Flies as Part of MISSE-5 Aboard Space Shuttle Discovery Mission
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The Naval Research Laboratory led the scientific team that designed, built, and launched the 5th Materials on the International Space Station Experiment MISSE-5. The team consisted of NRL, NASA Glenn Research Center, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Langley Research Center, U.S. Naval Academy, and the Air Force Space Test Program. MISSE-5 is a completely self-contained experiment system with its own power generation, storage, and communications systems. The primary MISSE-5 payload is the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment FTSCE, which is currently functioning on-orbit. MISSE-5 was launched aboard the Shuttle return to flight mission STS-114 on July 26, 2005. Astronaut Soichi Noguchi deployed MISSE-5 on the exterior of the International Space Station ISS during the spacewalk on August 3, 2005, just before Astronaut Steve Robinson performed the tile repair on the Shuttle Discovery. Figure 1 is a photograph of MISSE-5 deployed on the ISS. The experiment will remain in orbit for about one year, after which it will be returned to Earth for postflight testing and analysis.