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Electrical design for origami solar panels and a small spacecraft test mission
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Paper Abstract

Efficient power generation is crucial to the design of spacecraft. Mass, volume, and other limitations prevent the use of traditional spacecraft support structures from being suitable for the size of solar array required for some missions. Folding solar panel / panel array systems, however, present a number of design challenges. This paper considers the electrical design of an origami system. Specifically, it considers how to provide low impedance, durable channels for the generated power and the electrical aspects of the deployment system and procedure. The ability to dynamically reconfigure the electrical configuration of the solar cells is also discussed. Finally, a small satellite test mission to demonstrate the technology is proposed, before concluding.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10196, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications X, 101960J (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264045
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James Drewelow, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)
Jeremy Straub, North Dakota State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10196:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications X
Khanh D. Pham; Genshe Chen, Editor(s)

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