Category: Solar Cells: Materials, Manufacture and Operation

European Communication Satellite (ECS) and Maritime European Communication Satellite (MAR. ECS)

After 1.5 years in GEO both SA (virtually identical, two wings of three rigid panels each with silicon solar cells) started to suffer partial loss of power [60]. The failures seemed to be short-circuits between the cell network and panel structure. These failures continued intermittently until the end both missions, however, for ECS the power […]