Solar Panel, Satellite, IUE, Test Unit


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is one of the two full-size mock-up solar panels that were used as part of integration tests in building the International Ultraviolet Explorer. Built at Goddard Space Flight Center to test integration and fit of the equipment to be carried on the mission. The IUE satellite with its solar panels was transferred in March 1983 from NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Aluminum, aluminum-coated Mylar


3-D: 249.4 × 124.7 × 93.5cm, 13.6kg (8 ft. × 4 ft. × 3 ft., 30lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Electrical Power

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