1984-10-01

Autonomous Solar Arrays for the Future 841445

Autonomous control technology for satellites is under development to provide long lifetimes of uninterrupted service at minimal costs. True autonomy, unattended satellite operation, can only occur after solar array power systems become autonomous. Distributed intelligence on the array, employment of expert systems, modularization and on-array processing play key roles in achieving the goals of true solar array autonomy.

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