Space technology specialist the Aerospace Corporation has developed a deployable geodesic solar-panel array that is designed to overcome traditional problems in providing power to small satellites.
The PowerSphere Nanosatellite comprises connecting pentagon- and hexagon-shaped panels that are solar energy collecting cells. The panels are folded in a flat stack at either end of a strut attached to the satellite payload. The panels unfurl during deployment, becoming a 360í solar array. The PowerSphere will provide power and thermal control for satellites from under 1kg to 60kg (132lb).
Source: Flight International