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Differential charging control on solar arrays for geosynchronous spacecraft

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5 Author(s)
A. Bogorad ; Martin Marietta Astro Space, Princeton, NJ, USA ; C. Bowman ; R. Herschitz ; W. Krummann
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At geosynchronous altitudes, electrostatic discharges on solar arrays are a suspected cause of operational problems on spacecraft. An environmentally stable, conductive solar-cell coating eliminates discharges without introducing the significant power loss associated with previous conductive coatings. The coating has two layers: an inner conducting layer with significantly reduced thickness (to reduce power absorption), and an outer MgF2 antireflective layer that protects the conducting layer against environmental degradation

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 6 )