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Effect of micrometeorid and space debris impacts on the Space Station Freedom solar array surfacesBoth solar and antisolar surfaces of the Space Station Freedom solar arrays are vulnerable to micrometeoroid and space debris impacts. Impacts on the solar surface result in damage to the active area of the solar cell and a corresponding reduction in generated power. Impacts on the antisolar surface could result in damage to the circuit which interconnects the cells which in turn may produce open circuit strings or panels. An evaluation is presented of the power degradation resulting from the impacts of micrometeoroid and space debris on the solar surface of the array blanket. Moreover, given a particle diameter that could damage the circuit interconnecting the cells, the probability of an open circuit panel is computed, along with the probability that the solar array blanket will meet the power requirement over the design lifetime.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Nahra, Henry K.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:102287
Meeting Information
Meeting: 1989 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society
Location: San Diego, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: April 24, 1989
End Date: April 29, 1989
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 474-46-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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