Electricity In Spacecrafts

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Electricity Generation and Storage in Spacecrafts

Electricity generation and storage plays a vital part of space missions. Without which space exploration would not be possible. Beginning in the 1950’s, ‘Sputnik 1’ used batteries as its only power supply, since then the methods of electricity generation to power spacecrafts have developed and improved immensely, branching out to solar and nuclear systems.

Solar power, or photovoltaics use light as a source of electricity. The photoelectric effect, discovered by Edmund Bequerel in 1839, shows that some materials have the ability to release electric current when subjected to light. Solar cells consist of semi conductors that are specially treated to create

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