Spacecraft Solar Arrays Training

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


The Spacecraft Solar Arrays Training course takes a bottoms-up approach to describe spacecraft photovoltaics from basic quantum and semiconductor physics through flight mission applications. The cell technology section evaluates available and future photovoltaic technologies. The panel section explores practical array design details. The systems section explores power regulation, system analyses, and mission applications. The Spacecraft Solar Arrays course cites multiple real-life examples to illustrate the relevancy of the presented material.

  • 3 days of Spacecraft Solar Arrays Training with an expert instructor
  • Spacecraft Solar Arrays Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


  • We can adapt this Spacecraft Solar Arrays course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Spacecraft Solar Arrays course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft Solar Arrays course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Spacecraft Solar Arrays course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

Upon completing this Spacecraft Solar Arrays Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:


The target audience for this Spacecraft Solar Arrays course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Spacecraft Solar Arrays course are:

  • N/A


  1. Day 1—Solar Cell Technology:
    1. Physics of Photovoltaics. Fundamental quantum and semiconductor physics of solar cells.
    2. Solar Cell Technologies. The basic building block – is the solar cell. Solar cell design and fabrication. Comparative evaluation of available and future technologies including quantum dots and polymeric cells.
    3. Cell Performance and Degradation. Solar cell performance and how it changes in response to operating environments including illumination, temperature, radiation, and applied voltage. Step-by-step methods of solar cell radiation analyses.
    4. Test and Measurement. Methods and challenges of solar cell performance testing, including spectral fidelity and thermal considerations.
    Day 2—Solar Panels & Arrays:
    1. Panel Design. Cell circuit design for mission requirements. Layout techniques for magnetics, shadowing, and manufacturability. Discussion of every component and material used in panel fabrication. Mass estimating. Basic thermal analysis.
    2. Array Types. Descriptions and trade-offs of array design and deployment variations. Body-mounted v Deployed. Rigid v Flexible. Concentrator Systems.
    3. Handling, Testing, and Measurement. Panel-level testing, including inspections, electrical performance, thermal vacuum, and mechanical tests. Handling considerations unique to solar arrays. Array repair methods and considerations.
    Day 3—Photovoltaic Systems:
    1. PV System Architectures. Methods of array power regulation. Multiple Direct Energy Transfer and Peak Power Tracking topologies.
    2. PV System Analyses. Energy balance. Basic orbital analysis. Illumination Analysis. Mission performance analyses.
    3. PV Applications. Mission, system, and programmatic considerations. Requirements-based look at flight mission use of PV technology, including orbital, deep-space, lunar, and Mars surface applications.
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