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In the Space Station Processing Facility the overhead crane carrying a solar array arrives at the Integrated Equipment Assembly.

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In the Space Station Processing Facility, the overhead crane carrying a solar array arrives at the Integrated Equipment Assembly (IEA) on which it will be installed. Solar Array Wing-3 is already in place. Components of the International Space Station, the arrays are scheduled to be launched on mission STS-97 in late November along with the P6 truss. The Station’s electrical power system (EPS) will use eight photovoltaic solar arrays to convert sunlight to electricity. Each of the eight solar arrays will be 112 feet long by 39 feet wide. The solar arrays are mounted on a “blanket” that can be folded like an accordion for delivery. Once in orbit, astronauts will deploy the blankets to their full size. Gimbals will be used to rotate the arrays so that they will face the Sun to provide maximum power to the Space Station

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  • Title: In the Space Station Processing Facility the overhead crane carrying a solar array arrives at the Integrated Equipment Assembly.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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