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kc8adu
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posted 11-24-2011 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kc8adu   Click Here to Email kc8adu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got this solar panel from the estate of a guy who worked for NASA and Yellow Springs Instrument. His widow stated it was a prototype from the Skylab project. I got some very rare Western Electric stuff there too, like a mirrorphone.

I am looking to verify whether this could be true. The construction leads me to believe it is. it is very light for its size and built on a foil honeycomb. And it still works fine, even with a few chunks gone.

Will post photos soon.

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posted 11-24-2011 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KC8ADU DE KF7SNG

Welcome to the board... what you've described so far is characteristic of many solar array's used on orbit. Photos will help - there were a couple different array variants used on Skylab to provide primary power to the flight vehicle and the ATM.

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posted 11-24-2011 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kc8adu   Click Here to Email kc8adu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This unit and a couple of big caps with a 7812 regulator ran my ft-817 for a bunch of hf contacts on field day. It has 40 cells and if I recall correctly, was 23v OCV in full sun.

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posted 11-24-2011 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome, too, from W3GTL.

You will be amazed at the knowledge the cS members share.

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posted 11-24-2011 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
KC8AD8 DE VE2-EWR

Welcome to cS!

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posted 11-29-2011 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kc8adu   Click Here to Email kc8adu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe we should try a schedule on hf powered by this.

I had been asked if this could possibly have flown. I would think not as most apps for these would simply be allowed to reenter. No survival possible.

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posted 11-29-2011 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could be Skylab prototype or intended for another application.

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