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Comparative Performance Of Silicon And Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells On A High Altitude Sounding Rocket
Author(s): Norman L Thomas; Dean M. Chisel
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Paper Abstract

The use of sounding rockets for calibrating solar cells offers two principal advantages: (1) there is no effect due to the terrestrial atmosphere, and (2) the cells are recoverable immediately after the calibration. On March 30, 1976, twenty-nine n/p silicon and four p/n gallium arsenide solar cells were calibrated in space and successfully recovered from a NASA-Astrobee F rocket that reached a peak altitude of 230 km. Approximately 75 IV characteristic curves were generated for thirty-two of the cells to an accuracy of ±0.2 ma and ±0.2 mV. The short-circuit currents for these cells are presented for AMO and AM1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 1977
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0085, Solar Energy Utilization II, (15 February 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.954933
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Norman L Thomas, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Dean M. Chisel, NASA-Ames Research Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0085:
Solar Energy Utilization II

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