The Gateway Foundation has proposed a rotating space station with solar panels on the "hot side" (always facing the sun)/ This is to maximize power generation and minimize heating by keeping the body of the station in the shadow of the PV panels. What advantages and disadvantages does this have compared to an Earth-facing station like the ISS? Would it actually work?
Considerations: * Fixed arrays are simpler, less massive, and more reliable than movable arrays. * You will still want to communicate with and observe Earth. But I think it would be much easier to gimbal a small high-gain antenna or camera. * The rotation of the station complicates any effort to point something at Earth. * I think the proposed orbit is a high near-polar orbit that would keep the station out of Earth's shadow most of the time.
More info: https://gatewayspaceport.com/von-braun-station/ I guess they haven't updated the website since changing the name of the station. https://gatewayspaceport.com/reports/ These are a little more technical than the videos, but still leave a lot to the imagination. That is why I am asking the question.