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Photovoltaic Power for Mars ExplorationMars is a challenging environment for the use of solar power. The implications of the low temperatures and low light intensity, solar spectrum modified by dust and changing with time of day and year, indirect sunlight, dust storms, deposited dust, wind, and corrosive peroxide-rich soil are discussed with respect to potential photovoltaic power systems. The power systems addressed include a solar-powered rover vehicle and a human base. High transportation costs dictate high efficiency solar cells or alternatively, a 'thin film' solar cell deposited on a lightweight plastic or thin metal foil.
Document ID
19970027265
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Bailey, Sheila G. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Landis, Geoffrey A. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1997
Publication Information
Publication: The Sixth Alumni Conference of the International Space University
Subject Category
Energy Production and Conversion
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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