Engineers lay down a solar panel in the shape of origami




One of the important problems that confront engineers at startup equipment into space, is its size. Every inch of the occupied space is worth the money that companies are trying to save space. That’s why researchers from Brigham Young University (Brigham Young University) inspired by Japanese art of origami to create a new compact solar panels.

In this project, researchers found a way to turn the solar panel so that it reduced its area ten times and still held the minimum amount. Now modern spacecraft launched into space with folded accordion solar panels. As the researchers report, this method is far from optimal. If the majority of modern devices stacked solar battery several times, the new method makes it possible to reduce the footprint of almost ten times, writes

They worked hard with solar panels that can not be bent, but only to share on certain segments, which are fastened together by hinges. Using the basics of origami, they managed to develop a scheme in which the battery is round with a diameter of 25 meters can be easily folded in the same round package, but a diameter of 2.7 meters.

“The main advantage of our method is the ability to lay down a solar panel, reducing its volume several times compared with the expanded state. This frees up extra space in the spacecraft, “- said Larry Howell (Larry Howel).

No additional mobile elements gives greater reliability and prolong its life. To start using the battery, you must expand it once already, and continue to manage a single system.

The current prototype of the device is capable of producing 150 kilowatts of electricity. But scientists are planning to create a solar cell capacity of 250 kilowatts, which is a pretty ambitious plan, as the batteries on modern ISS produce significantly less energy.
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