Patent Number: 6,166,515

Title: Electrical power supply circuit having a solar generator and a battery

Abstract: The circuit has a power busbar, a solar generator made up of a plurality of sections that can be connected individually to the busbar via switches and a storage battery. The busbar is permanently connected to an energy-storage capacitor having a capacitance of at least 0.1 F. The busbar is powered from the battery via at least one discharge module controlled in on/off mode by a regulator which also controls the switches. The circuit is particularly suitable for use on low earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

Inventors: Barde; Henri (Toulouse, FR), Weinberg; Simon (Letchworth, GB)

Assignee: Astrium SAS

International Classification: H02J 7/35 (20060101); H01M 010/46 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017