Space Station Mir seen from the aft. The MCSA is titled in the image. Image Credit: NASA

What Do Mir’s Solar Arrays Predict for ISS Arrays? Part 2: The Mir Cooperative Solar Array

By Christopher Paul

The Mir Solar Array Return Experiment was not the only US effort to test technology for the then-upcoming International Space Station; the US also contributed to a new solar array to feed the ever power-hungry Mir.

The array, known as the Mir Cooperative Solar Array, was made by installing US solar cell technology, nearly identical to the cells that would go on the American solar arrays for the ISS, onto a Russian-made solar array frame. The array consisted of 84 US solar cell modules installed onto 42 Russian frame assemblies on a single, long accordion-like frame. The array was to add 6 kW of power to Mir.

Read more: What Do Mir’s Solar Arrays Predict for ISS Arrays? Part 2: The Mir Cooperative Solar Array — AmericaSpace.

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