Preparing to test a standard triple junction solar cell

Power and Energy Conversion

Like all other machines, a satellite needs a source of energy in order to function. As it launches away from Earth it will be running off an onboard battery – one last resource from its home planet – but to operate continuously for years on end more long-lived power sources are required.

What is the Power and Energy Conversion domain?

Power and Energy Conversion takes in all aspects of power generation, storage, conditioning and distribution for space applications. This includes optimising solar array and energy storage designs for particular missions venturing into various orbits, deep space or very close to the Sun.

Last update: 22 April 2010

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