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Alignment and Initial Operation of an Advanced Solar SimulatorA solar simulator utilizing nine 30-kW xenon arc lamps was built to provide radiant power for testing a solar dynamic space power system in a thermal vacuum environment. The advanced solar simulator achieved the following values specific to the solar dynamic system: (1) a subtense angle of 1 deg; (2) the ability to vary solar simulator intensity up to 1.7 kW/sq m; (3) a beam diameter of 4.8 m; and (4) uniformity of illumination on the order of +/-10%. The flexibility of the solar simulator design allows for other potential uses of the facility.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Jaworske, Donald A.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Jefferies, Kent S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Mason, Lee S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Publisher: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Volume: 33
Issue: 6
Subject Category
Research And Support Facilities (Air)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:207373
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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