Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS) has developed a next-generation high performance solar array system specifically for NASA’s future Lunar Lander and sample return missions. The proposed Lunar Lander / Surface solar array has game-changing performance metrics in terms of extremely high specific power, ultra-compact stowage volume, affordability, low-risk, high environmental survivability/operability, high power capability, high deployed strength, high strength during deployment (for mission environments that have high gravity and wind loading from atmospheres as examples), high deployed stiffness, high reliability, retraction and re-deployment capability, and broad modularity / adaptability to many missions. Most importantly, the proposed innovation has a demonstrated in-space capability to provide multiple and reliable deployments, retractions, and re-deployment operations allowing for continuous mobility operations and shuttling. No other solar array has demonstrated the ability to deploy, retract and re-deploy multiple times in space or through ground testing. The proposed technology innovation significantly enhances Lunar Lander and sample return vehicle capabilities by providing a low-cost alternative renewable power generating system in place of standard RTG systems currently being used. The proposed innovation greatly increases performance and autonomy/mobility, decreases risk, and ultimately enables missions.
The technology is particularly suited for Lunar Lander and sample return missions that require game-changing performance in terms of affordability, high power, compact stowed packaging, high deployed strength and stiffness, unsupported deployment in 1G, deployment / retraction / re-deployment capability, and lightweight. NASA space applications are comprised of practically all Exploration, Space Science, Earth Science, Planetary Surface, and other missions.
The technology is particularly suited for reconnaissance missions that require game-changing performance in terms of affordability, ultra-lightweight, compact stowage volume, deployment / retraction / re-deployment capability, and high deployed strength and stiffness. The technology is applicable for non-NASA LEO, MEO & GEO missions.