FOUNDER OF GREEN SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES SAYS NASA'S USE OF SOLAR IS INSPIRING
Illinois Solar Energy Association | May 06, 2019
Operating satellites, space stations, and other orbiting vehicles beyond earth's atmosphere poses many technological challenges, not the least of which is implementing adequate, sustainable power sources. NASA 's solution to the power issue, with the help of its Advanced Energy: Photovoltaics division, is solar energy. Solar energy is the most effective and efficient means of powering NASA's technological marvels. These orbiting objects, including the International Space Station (ISS) use the same types of photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays that we use on Earth's surface in our rooftop solar panel systems, to convert the sun's energy into enough electricity to sustain their operation for decades. The ISS draws its power from eight huge solar panels, each 114 feet long with 33,000 solar cells. By using this massive solar energy system, the crew members of the ISS are able to operate safely without compromising quality of living.