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Comparison of Solar Radiation Torque and Power Generation of Deployable Solar Panel Configurations on Nanosatellites

Department of Civil Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 804-8550, Japan
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Aerospace 2019, 6(5), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6050050
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 25 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 April 2019 / Published: 2 May 2019
Nanosatellites, like CubeSat, have begun completing advanced missions that require high power that can be obtained using deployable solar panels. However, a larger solar array area facing the Sun increases the solar radiation torque on the satellite. In this study, we investigated solar radiation torque characteristics resulting from the increased area of solar panels on board the CubeSats. Three common deployable solar panel configurations that are commercially available were introduced and their reference missions were established for the purpose of comparison. The software algorithms used to simulate a variety of orbit scenarios are described in detail and some concerns are highlighted based on the results obtained. The solar power generation of the respective configurations is provided. The findings are useful for nanosatellite developers in predicting the characteristics of solar radiation torques and solar power generation that will be encountered when using various deployable solar panels, thus helping with the selection of a suitable configuration for their design. View Full-Text
Keywords: CubeSat; solar radiation torque; deployable solar panel; solar power generation CubeSat; solar radiation torque; deployable solar panel; solar power generation
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Ibrahim, S.A.; Yamaguchi, E. Comparison of Solar Radiation Torque and Power Generation of Deployable Solar Panel Configurations on Nanosatellites. Aerospace 2019, 6, 50.

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