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Solar cell and array technology development for NASA solar electric propulsion missions

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5 Author(s)
Michael Piszczor ; NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA ; Jeremiah McNatt ; Carolyn Mercer ; Tom Kerslake
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NASA is currently developing advanced solar cell and solar array technologies to support future exploration activities. These advanced photovoltaic technology development efforts are needed to enable very large (multi-hundred kilowatt) power systems that must be compatible with solar electric propulsion (SEP) missions. The technology being developed must address a wide variety of requirements and cover the necessary advances in solar cell, blanket integration, and large solar array structures that are needed for this class of missions. This paper will summarize NASA's plans for high power SEP missions, initial mission studies and power system requirements, plans for advanced photovoltaic technology development, and the status of specific cell and array technology development and testing that have already been conducted.

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2012 38th IEEE

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3-8 June 2012