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Solar array development for the surface of Mars

Show simple item record Mardesich, N. en_US Dawson, S. en_US Rapp, D. en_US Sharps, Paul en_US Aiken, D. en_US Spence, B. R. en_US White, S. F. en_US King, R. P. en_US Edmonson, K. en_US 2004-09-17T19:42:31Z 2004-09-17T19:42:31Z 2003-05-11 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 30th IEEE PV Specialists Conference 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Osaka, Japan en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 02-2805 en_US
dc.description.abstract JPL's missions to Mars have revealed factors that have an adverse impact on the performance of Mars Surface Solar Arrays. These factors included a spectrum shift toward the red wavelengths, atmospheric scattering and absorption and an accumulation of Mars surface dust on the arrays. All of these factors will reduce the power generated from state of the art triple junction solar cells used by earth orbiting satellites. This paper will report the results of JPL supported work conducted by US solar array manufacturers to increase the performance of solar arrays for future Mars surface missions. JPL awarded four vendors contracts to evaluate methods of improving power generation on the surface of Mars. These four contracts cover the redesign of the existing triple junction solar cell, modifying solar simulator output to match the Mars surface spectrum and techniques to control or remove dust from the surface of the arrays. The methodology and results of this evaluation will be presented in this paper. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.other Mars solar arrays en_US
dc.title Solar array development for the surface of Mars en_US

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