Analysis of Direct Solar Illumination on the Backside of Space Station Solar Cells
The International Space Station (ISS) is a complex spacecraft that will take several years to assemble in orbit. During many of the assembly and maintenance procedures, the space station’s large solar arrays must be locked, which can significantly reduce power generation. To date, power generation analyses have not included power generation from the backside of the solar cells in a desire to produce a conservative analysis. This paper describes the testing of ISS solar cell backside power generation, analytical modeling, and analysis results on an ISS assembly mission.