Degradation of the electric power of solar arrays under the influence of the near-satellite environment in geostationary orbits

1Shuvalov, VA, 2Kochubey, GS, 2Priimak, AI, 2Reznichenko, NP
1Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipro, Ukraine
2Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2002, 8 ;(4):025-036
Section: Space Energy, Power and Propulsion
Publication Language: Russian
We assess the influence of various factors – the ionizing and ultraviolet radiation, pollution by the products of electrojet engine exhausts and destruction of spacecraft's external surface materials, thermal cycling, and radiation electrization – on the power characteristics of solar arrays during long-term (7–10 years) missions in geostationary orbits.
Keywords: degradation, near-satellite environment, solar arrays
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