29/05/2008 2:17 pm
ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h
Solar panel inspection during final testing of GOCE satellite at ESA-ESTEC. The spacecraft is equipped with four body-mounted and two wing-mounted solar panels. In orbit, the same side of the satellite remains facing the Sun. Due to this configuration, the solar panels will experience extreme temperature variations, so materials have been used that will tolerate temperatures as high as 160ºC and as low as -170ºC.
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