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Materials on the International Space Station - Forward Technology Solar Cell ExperimentThis paper describes a space solar cell experiment currently being built by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), and the US Naval Academy (USNA). The experiment has been named the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment (FTSCE), and the purpose is to rapidly put current and future generation space solar cells on orbit and provide validation data for these technologies. The FTSCE is being fielded in response to recent on-orbit and ground test anomalies associated with space solar arrays that have raised concern over the survivability of new solar technologies in the space environment and the validity of present ground test protocols. The FTSCE is being built as part of the Fifth Materials on the International Space Station (MISSE) Experiment (MISSE-5), which is a NASA program to characterize the performance of new prospective spacecraft materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the space environment. Telemetry, command, control, and communication (TNC) for the FTSCE will be achieved through the Amateur Satellite Service using the PCSat2 system, which is an Amateur Radio system designed and built by the USNA. In addition to providing an off-the-shelf solution for FTSCE TNC, PCSat2 will provide a communications node for the Amateur Radio satellite system. The FTSCE and PCSat2 will be housed within the passive experiment container (PEC), which is an approximately 2ft x2ft x 4in metal container built by NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC) as part of the MISSE-5 program. NASA LaRC has also supplied a thin film materials experiment that will fly on the exterior of the thermal blanket covering the PCSat2. The PEC is planned to be transported to the ISS on a Shuttle flight. The PEC will be mounted on the exterior of the ISS by an astronaut during an extravehicular activity (EVA). After nominally one year, the PEC will be retrieved and returned to Earth. At the time of writing this paper, the subsystems of the experiment are being integrated at NRL, and we are preparing to commence environmental testing.
Document ID
20050206382
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Walters, R. J. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Garner, J. C. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Lam, S. N. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Vazquez, J. A. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Braun, W. R. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Ruth, R. E. (Naval Research Lab. Washington, DC, United States)
Lorentzen, J. R. (Sachs/Freeman Associates, Inc. United States)
Bruninga, R. (Naval Academy Annapolis, MD, United States)
Jenkins, P. P. (Ohio Aerospace Inst. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Flatico, J. M. (QSS Group, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: 18th Space Photovoltaic Research and Technology Conference
Subject Category
Solar Physics
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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