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The Solar Probe Plus solar array development and design

AuthorGaddy, Edward; Decker, Rob; Lockwood, Mary; Roufberg, Lew; Knutzen, Gayle; Marsh, Danielle;
KeywordsOrbits; Probes; Parker Engineering
AbstractThe Solar Probe Plus (SPP) spacecraft will orbit as closely as 9.5 solar radii from the sun; so close that its thermal protection shield (TPS) will reach a peak temperature of 1,400C. To work in this environment, the solar array will use pressurized water cooling and operate in the penumbra formed by the TPS at a 68° angle of incidence. Even with these mitigations, the array will be subject to extremely high intensity and temperature. This paper will summarize the array s environment, present a preliminary design, outline development plans and describe phase A test plans. © 2010 IEEE.
Year of Publication2010
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Number of Pages717-722
Date Published