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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• California Institute of Technology
• Vision for Space Exploration
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Frame Frame About the Spitzer Space Telescope Frame Frame
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Fast Facts
 
Current Status
 
Spitzer History
 
Spitzer Technology
 
— Overview
 
— Cryo-Telescope Assembly
 
—— Telescope
 
—— MIC
 
——— IRAC
 
——— IRS
 
——— MIPS
 
—— Cryostat
 
—— Outer Shell
 
— Spacecraft
 
—— Solar Panels
 
—— Spacecraft Bus
 
— Developments
 
Spitzer Science
 
Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
 
 

Spitzer's Solar Panel Assembly

Spitzer's Solar Panel Assembly is designed to provide the electrical power needed to operate Spitzer for up to 5 years. The Solar Panel Assembly is made up of two solar panels each of which has 392 solar cells. Each solar cell is 5.5 cm by 6.5 cm in area. Together, these cells will convert radiation from the Sun into a total of 427 Watts of electrical energy. Spitzer cannot point more than 120 degrees away from the sun. If it does, sunlight will not hit the solar panels properly.

The solar panel has 50 percent of its area covered with solar cells and 50 percent covered with optical solar reflectors. These reflectors reduce the solar panel temperature to about 330 K. The wedge shaped solar panel shield is angled away from the outer shell in order to improve its view factor to space and to improve the thermal isolation between it and the outer shell.

Diagram the Solar Panels



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