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Solar Array for a Starshade Inner Disk, Phase I

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Project Introduction

This Ph1 program will focus on integrating viable solar cell blanket assemblies onto the inner disk of a starshade. The Phase I will design and analyze structural interfaces, harness requirements, harness routing, survival and durability for packaging, launch and on-orbit environmental requirements. The program will involve numerous hardware demonstration units and testing. The inner disk of the baseline starshade is approximately 20 m in diameter. This large surface area is an ideal location for solar arrays which will allow for solar electric propulsion. SEP will allow the starshade to transition to new orbit positions relative to the telescope more efficiently which will expand the exoplanet science during the mission lifetime. More »

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