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Questions on obtaining electrical energy from the light of the Sun through either direct photovoltaic conversion or thermal conversion.

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The basic desire would be to keep all eight arrays perpendicular to the sun. However, it's a bit more complicated due to other, more detailed requirements. In the not too distant past NASA held a co …
answered Nov 26 '17 by Organic Marble
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The long boom holding the panels can be retracted (the term used instead of "folding"). It is not done lightly, for fear of not being able to reverse it. It has only been done a few times, once wh …
answered Dec 9 '17 by Organic Marble
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I wasn't sure if your last sentence meant that you didn't want to hear about the ISS, but in case you do, in the case of the ISS, they are shunted. The device that handles this is the Sequential Shun …
answered Jul 27 '16 by Organic Marble
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The high power levels of Shuttle and its need to return to an aerodynamic configuration would have necessitated a very large array that would need to be deployed and retracted each mission. This woul …
answered Feb 22 '15 by Organic Marble
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Eight solar array wings, eight power channels. My answer to this question shows one power channel: How does electrical safety system work on ISS? You can read about the gory details of each channel …
answered Apr 30 by Organic Marble