Solar Array Simulation for Satellite Testing
Understanding the requirements and performance of solar array simulation equipment, its limitations and strengths, can lead to more effective and higher quality test results. The sourcing of power from a solar array simulator must be an accurate substitute for a physical array such that the range of real life solar array operating performance is delivered. A solar array simulator must be capable of simulating an array in spin, moving in and out of eclipse and shadow, and over a wide temperature range. It must be compatible with the type of satellite bus regulation employed such as Maximum Power Point Tracker, Sequential Shunt Regulation, Series Regulation, etc. From small to large systems, the effectiveness and efficiency of system control and the acquisition of data is a key consideration.
This seminar discusses satellite solar array simulation considerations ranging from specific testing techniques and best practices to test system architectural elements that drive usability and reliability, test platform re-configurability and energy efficiency.
Duration: One hour
Who Should Attend:
Designers/manufacturers/integrators of satellites and satellite power systems.
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Win Seipel, Applications Engineer, Agilent Technologies
Win Seipel has been with Agilent/HP for 40 years in a variety of roles. He has been a design engineer and has managed magnetic component design and manufacturing engineering teams. He has also been an R&D project manager, R&D section manager, and R&D manager. He is currently an applications engineer focused on aerospace / defense and specifically solar array simulation for satellite and terrestrial applications. Win holds a BSEE degree from Newark College of Engineering.
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