Astronauts Install Boeing's Solar Arrays During Spacewalks

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International space station (ISS) astronauts installed two advanced solar arrays of the Boeing Company (BA), the company said in a statement.

European astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough installed two solar arrays, that produce twice the power in half the space of the original arrays during three space walks on June 16, 20 and 25.

Developed by Boeing, the arrays can be folded small enough to be packed on a space-rated pallet that fit inside the trunk of the SpaceX Cargo Dragon, which carries the arrays to the ISS.

The new arrays with solar cells from Spectrolab and a structure from Redwire, are rolled tight and can be unrolled, after reaching the ISS, with their own energy without using a motor.

The company said four more arrays are scheduled to be installed at ISS over the next two years.

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