ATI's Spacecraft Solar Arrays course
This three-day course takes a bottoms-up
approach to describe spacecraft photovoltaics
from basic quantum and semiconductor
physics through flight mission applications.
The cell technology section evaluates available
and future photovoltaic technologies. The
panel section explores practical array design
details. The systems section explores power
regulation, system analyses, and mission
applications. The course cites multiple real-life
examples to illustrate the relevancy of the
Jay Jenkins is a Systems Engineer in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA and an Associate Fellow in the AIAA. His 24-year aerospace career provided many years of experience in design, analysis and test of aerospace power systems, solar arrays, and batteries. His career has afforded him opportunities for hands-on fabrication and testing, concurrent with his design responsibilities. He has been recognized as a winner of the ASME International George Westinghouse Silver Medal for his development of the first solar arrays beyond Marsí orbit and the first solar arrays to orbit the planet Mercury. He has been recognized with two Best Paper Awards in the area of Aerospace Power Systems.
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Day 1—Solar Cell Technology:
Day 2—Solar Panels & Arrays:
- Physics of Photovoltaics. Fundamental quantum and
semiconductor physics of solar cells.
- Solar Cell Technologies. The basic building block - the solar
cell. Solar cell design and fabrication. Comparative evaluation
of available and future technologies including quantum dots and
- Cell Performance and Degradation. Solar cell performance
and how it changes in response to operating environments
including illumination, temperature, radiation, and applied
voltage. Step-by-step methods of solar cell radiation analyses.
- Test and Measurement. Methods and challenges of solar cell
performance testing, including spectral fidelity and thermal
Day 3—Photovoltaic Systems:
- Panel Design. Cell circuit design for mission requirements.
Layout techniques for magnetics, shadowing, and
manufacturability. Discussion of every component and material
used in panel fabrication. Mass estimating. Basic thermal
- Array Types. Descriptions and trade-offs of array design and
deployment variations. Body-mounted v Deployed. Rigid v
Flexible. Concentrator Systems.
- Handling, Test and Measurement. Panel-level testing,
including inspections, electrical performance, thermal vacuum,
and mechanical tests. Handling considerations unique to solar
arrays. Array repair methods and considerations.
- PV System Architectures. Methods of array power regulation.
Multiple Direct Energy Transfer and Peak Power Tracking
- PV System Analyses. Energy balance. Basic orbital analysis.
Illumination Analysis. Mission performance analyses.
- PV Applications. Mission, system, and programmatic
considerations. Requirements-based look at flight mission use
of PV technology, including orbital, deep-space, lunar, and
Mars surface applications.
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