E3S Web Conf.
Volume 16, 201711th European Space Power Conference
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Power Generation: Solar Generators Mission Design|
|Published online||23 May 2017|
Degradation of Solar Array Components in a Combined UV/VUV High Temperature Test Environment
1 Airbus Defence and Space, 81663 Munich, Germany
2 ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
BepiColombo is the joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to explore the planet mercury. The European contributions, namely the mercury transfer module (MTM) and the mercury planetary orbiter (MPO), are both powered by deployable solar arrays. Many materials and technologies are at their limit under the harsh high-intensity, high-temperature (HIHT) conditions of the mission. Synergistic effects like photo fixation and photo enhanced contamination by ultra violet and vacuum ultra violet radiation (UV/VUV) on sunlit surfaces are considered to play an important role in the HIHT environment of the BepiColombo mission.
A design verification test under UV/VUV conditions of sun exposed materials and technologies on component level is presented which forms part of the overall verification and qualification of the solar array design of the MTM and MPO. The test concentrates on the self-contamination aspects and the resulting performance losses of the solar array under high intensity and elevated temperature environment representative for the photovoltaic assembly (PVA).
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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