A mass-optimized IMM PV integrated flexible blanket assembly is also applicable to all future non-NASA space missions (including DoD and commercial missions), and is a direct replacement to current-state-of-the-art. IMM PV flexible blanket technologies are mission-enabling for high voltage, high specific power, and constrained-volume launch vehicle packaging applications. Applicable non-NASA space missions include: LEO surveillance, reconnaissance, communications and other critical payload/equipment satellites, LEO commercial mapping and critical payload/equipment satellites, GEO commercial communications and critical payload/equipment satellites, and GEO DoD communications and payload/equipment satellites. Non-space / commercial private sector applications include many potential power / energy production terrestrial applications for fixed ground, mobile, and roof-top mounted consumer applications, and high altitude airship applications were very-high specific power, high efficiency, and low-cost is required.
A mass-optimized IMM PV integrated flexible blanket assembly is applicable to all future NASA Space Science, Earth Science, and Exploration Initiative missions as a direct replacement to current-state-of-the-art. The proposed IMM PV blanket assembly is a mission-enabling solution for near-to-medium term NASA Discovery, Flagship Outer Planets and New Frontiers-class science missions requiring high BOL specific power, exceptional stowed packaging efficiency, and high voltage operation capability, especially as applied to interplanetary, comet rendezvous and Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) science missions. The proposed innovative flexible blanket technology will produce a near-term and low-risk solar array panel subsystem that can also significantly benefit all other NASA LEO, GEO, planetary or celestial-body Lander, planetary orbiter, and/or Deep Space applications, through weight, compact stowed volume and cost savings. DSS's proposed program plan, which includes collaboration which a critical IMM PV device supplier and technology infusion support, will allow rapid commercialization of this innovative technology.