Good morning everyone,
I am working on a project for my university where we need to perform a PrePhase A study for a Mars Infrastructure for Propellant production as a means of support for future missions.
Summarizing, the power requirements for the propellant production are 10.1 kW (constantly during day and night). I am trying to size the Solar Array with the following model for the Solar Flux.
When dimensioning the Solar Array, I am using this basic formula:
Then, I integrate the power of the Array during all day and make sure that the total energy [Wh] produced is equal to the total energy required [10.1 kW * 24.65h]. If the power required is higher than the Solar Array power, batteries will be in charge of providing it.
What I am missing right now is a value for the weight of a solar panel. I currently have in mind 2 models:
- UltraFlex Solar Array
- Azur Space Triple Junction Solar Cell 3G30C-Advanced
Apparently the first one offers a better weight performance, while the second one has a better efficiency. However, I cannot find a value for the weight per square meter of both models.
Would you have any information on that or do you have any input on usual weight of space solar panels as a function of panel surface?
Also, what is your critisicm on my sizing procedure? This is the first time doing this, so I am not sure if I am following the right process.
Thank you very much.