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SCARLET development, fabrication, and testing for the Deep Space 1 spacecraft

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2 Author(s)
Murphy, D.M. ; AEC-ABLE Eng. Inc., Goleta, CA, USA ; Allen, D.M.

An advanced version of “Solar Concentrator Arrays with Refractive Linear Element Technology” (SCARLET) is being assembled for use on the first NASA/JPL New Millennium spacecraft: Deep Space One (DS1). The array is scaled up from the first SCARLET array that was built for the METEOR satellite in 1995 and incorporates advanced technologies such as dual-junction solar cells and an improved structural design. Due to the failure of the Conestoga launch vehicle, this will be the first flight of a modular concentrator array. SCARLET will provide 2.6 kW to the DS1 spacecraft to be launched in July 1998 for a mission that includes fly-bys of the asteroid McAuliffe, Mars and the comet West-Kohoutek-Ikemura. This paper describes the SCARLET design, fabrication/assembly and testing program for the flight system

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Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1997. IECEC-97., Proceedings of the 32nd Intersociety  (Volume:4 )

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27 Jul-1 Aug 1997