Analysis of costs of gallium arsenide and silicon solar arrays for space power applications
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Analysis of costs of gallium arsenide and silicon solar arrays for space power applications by Kent S Jefferies

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Published by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Scientific and Technical Information Branch, For sale by the National Technical Information Service] in Washington, D.C, [Springfield, Va .
Written in English


  • Gallium,
  • Silicon,
  • Space vehicles -- Electric propulsion systems

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Edition Notes

StatementKent S. Jefferies
SeriesNASA technical paper -- 1811
ContributionsUnited States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Scientific and Technical Information Branch
The Physical Object
Pagination14 p. :
Number of Pages14
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14932869M

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