Solar energy is the primary source of power for today’s NASA missions. New solar technologies can improve space-based energy systems for human and robotic spacecraft missions. NASA solar technologies demand that deployed solar energy systems be as efficient and as lightweight as possible. Researchers at NASA are pushing the limits of solar energy efficiency and weight by creating new materials that enhance solar energy system performance. Technologies for space-based applications also provide Earth-based benefits, helping to drive down the cost of solar energy with more efficient systems.
This week, Jeremiah McNatt, electrical engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, demonstrates how solar cells are made and used on the International Space Station.
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