Abstract: The use of thin-film based solar arrays for space applications has long been recognized as an advantageous power generation option. Thinner materials yield a mass savings, equating to lighter launch loads, larger arrays, and/or more payload allocation. Further, their mechanical flexibility lends itself well to stowage and deployment schemes, allowing for a vast improvement to both specific power (W/kg - watts per kilogram) as well as stowed power density (W/m3 - watts per cubic meter). A key ...

Source: Thin-Film Solar Arrays for Small Spacecraft

David Cottle

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