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A CubeSat deployable solar panel system
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Paper Abstract

The power usage of CubeSat's onboard systems has increased with the complexity of the systems included. This paper presents a deployment system design which creates a plane of solar panels to collect energy. This allows more panels to be in direct normal sunlight at any given point (in conjunction with the onboard attitude determination and control system), facilitating increased power generation. The deployable system is comprised of a printed circuit board (holding the solar cells) which is attached to an aluminum hinge. The efficacy of this approach for power generation and its simplicity, as compared to other prospective approaches, are assessed herein.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9865, Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII, 98650C (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223566
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Thomas McGuire, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Hirsch, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Parsons, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Skye Leake, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9865:
Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII
Nibir K. Dhar; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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