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NASA WILL TEST FLEXIBLE SOLAR PANELS ON ISS

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NASA will test a new flexible solar panel on the International Space Station, that form a compact cylinder and it may offer substantial cost savings and also increase in power for satellites ahead.

Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical techniques.

Smaller and lighter than traditional solar panels, the Roll-Out Solar Array, or ROSA, consists of a centre wing made of a flexible material containing photovoltaic cells to convert light into electricity.

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