By Topic

Spacecraft solar array technology trends

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

2 Author(s)
P. Alan Jones ; AEC-Able Engineering Company, Inc., 93 Castilian Drive, Goleta, CA 93117, USA ; Brian R. Spence

Photovoltaic solar array systems are the most common method for providing spacecraft power generation. The flexibility and variability of the many array types and configurations combine to accommodate a multitude of mission applications and space environments. Solar array technologies and their system configurations changed dramatically over the years as more aggressive and demanding requirements were imposed. This addresses the historical solar array technology trends. The evolution of solar array technologies and the key requirements responsible for driving this evolution is presented. Industry growth trends toward future systems are identified. Evolutionary technological improvements in photovoltaics, structural platforms, and deployment systems are shown. Array selection criteria for a variety of requirements, applications, and environments are presented. Solar array technologies required to meet future mission trends are shown.

Published in:

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 8 )