Astrophys. Space Sci. Trans., 6, 19-26, 2010
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26 Jul 2010
Thermo-photovoltaic spacecraft electricity generation
A. Kovacs1 and P. Janhunen2
1BroadBit, Espoo, Finnland
2Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finnland

Abstract. We describe a solution for powering a spacecraft in the 5 kW – 0.5 MW power range. The introduced thermo-photovoltaic electricity generation works without magnets or external cooling; it combines operational simplicity with a good power per mass ratio. Once in orbit, the system shall be capable of powering numerous successive missions within the solar system or a long range exploratory mission.

Citation: Kovacs, A. and Janhunen, P.: Thermo-photovoltaic spacecraft electricity generation, Astrophys. Space Sci. Trans., 6, 19-26, doi:10.5194/astra-6-19-2010, 2010.