Incident Solar Flux at Fixed Orientations

by Stephen Bilanow, General Sciences Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Optimal orientations are computed to maximize or minimize the incident solar flux onto surfaces on spacecraft at fixed attitudes. This analysis was motivated by a potential need to optimize the power and thermal environment during the early assembly flights of Space Station Freedom. The time history of the incident solar flux is described using close analytical approximations.

Subject Headings: Solar power | Solar radiation | Thermal analysis | Power plants | Space stations | Aircraft and spacecraft | Thermal power | Flight

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