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Results of the 2001 JPL Balloon Flight Solar Cell Calibration ProgramThe 2001 solar cell calibration balloon flight campaign consisted of two flights, which occurred on June 26, 2001, and July 4, 2001. Fifty-nine modules were carried to an altitude of approximately 120,000 ft (36.6 km). Full I-V curves were measured on nineteen of these modules, and output at a fixed load was measured on thirty-two modules (forty-six cells), with some modules repeated on the second flight. Nine modules were flown for temperature measurement only. The data from the fixed load cells on the first flight was not usable. The temperature dependence of the first-flight data was erratic and we were unable to find a way to extract accurate calibration values. The I-V data from the first flight was good, however, and all data from the second flight was also good. The data was corrected to 28 C and to 1 AU (1.496 x 10(exp 8)km). The calibrated cells have been returned to their owners and can now be used as reference standards in simulator testing of cells and arrays.
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Document Type
Anspaugh, B. E.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Mueller, R. L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2002
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: JPL Proj. 101451
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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