Skylab technology electrical power systemThe solar array/battery power systems for the Skylab vehicle were designed to operate in a solar inertial pointing mode to provide power continuously to the Skylab. Questions of power management are considered, taking into account difficulties caused by the reduction in power system performance due to the effects of structural failure occurring during the launching process. The performance of the solar array of the Apollo Telescope Mount Power System is discussed along with the Orbital Workshop solar array performance and the Airlock Module power conditioning group performance. A list is presented of a number of items which have been identified during mission monitoring and are recommended for electrical power system concepts, designs, and operation for future spacecraft.
Woosley, A. P. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Ala., United States)
Smith, O. B.
Nassen, H. S. (Martin Marietta Aerospace Denver, Colo., United States)