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Managing PV power on Mars – MER Rovers

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dc.contributor.author Stella, Paul M.
dc.contributor.author Chin, Keith
dc.contributor.author Wood, Eric
dc.contributor.author Herman, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Ewell, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-14T23:18:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-14T23:18:57Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-07
dc.identifier.citation 2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 7 -12, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 09-1941
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45184
dc.description.abstract The MER Rovers have recently completed over 5 years of operation! This is a remarkable demonstration of the capabilities of PV power on the Martian surface. The extended mission required the development of an efficient process to predict the power available to the rovers on a day-to-day basis. The performance of the MER solar arrays is quite unlike that of any other Space array and perhaps more akin to Terrestrial PV operation, although even severe by that comparison. The impact of unpredictable factors, such as atmospheric conditions and dust accumulation (and removal) on the panels limits the accurate prediction of array power to short time spans. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009 en_US
dc.subject photovoltaic power en_US
dc.subject solar array en_US
dc.subject Mars dust en_US
dc.title Managing PV power on Mars – MER Rovers en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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