Solar Panels and Storage Batteries of the Joint Stock Company «Saturn» for Spacecraft with Electric Propulsion


Galkin V. V.

Lyulka Scientific and Technical Center of the NPO "Saturn", 13 Kasatkin St., Moscow, 129301, Russia



A power supply system (PSS) of spacecraft, using electric propulsion in particular, is always comprising a primary and a secondary power supply units, the latter providing PSS operation in the shadowed path of the trajectory or compensating the lack of power from the primary power supply unit. Solar panels are generally used as the primary power supply units, and storage batteries of various types are used as the secondary ones. The state-of-the-art of such panels and batteries and prospects for their improvement are considered by the example of developments of the JSC «Saturn».


power supply system; spacecraft; solar panel

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