Concept definition study for in-space structural characterization of a lightweight solar array

Jessica A. Woods-Vedeler, Richard S. Pappa, Thomas W. Jones, Eric M. Mockensturm, Regina Spellman, Willis Scott

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A Concept Definition Study (CDS) was conducted to develop a proposed "Lightweight High-Voltage Stretched-Lens Concentrator Solar Array Experiment" under NASA s New Millennium Program Space Technology-6 (NMP ST-6). As part of a multi-organizational team, NASA Langley Research Center's role in this proposed experiment was to lead Structural Characterization of the solar array during the flight experiment. In support of this, NASA Langley participated in the CDS to define an experiment for static, dynamic and deployment characterization of the array. In this study, NASA Langley traded state-of-the-art measurement approaches appropriate for an in-space, STS-based flight experiment, provided initial analysis and testing of the lightweight solar array and lens elements, performed a lighting and photogrammetric simulation in conjunction with JSC and produced an experiment concept definition to meet structural characterization requirement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event43rd Structures, Structural, Dynamics and Materials Conference - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2002Apr 25 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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