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OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panels

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OX-STAT Photovoltaic Panels
Part image
Solar panel by
Probodobodyne Inc.
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 75.00 Fund
Mass (total) 0.01 t [N 1]
Drag 0.2 [N 1]
Max. Temp. 1200 K
Impact Tolerance 8 m/s
Research Tech tree electrics.png Electrics
Unlock cost 1200 Fund
Since version 0.18
Part configuration radialFlatSolarPanel
Electricity generated 0.35 ⚡/s [N 2]
Retractable × No
Tracking × No
Layout 1×1

  1. 1.0 1.1 The mass and drag are from the part config, but the game handles it massless/dragless.
  2. Energy output depends on the distance and angle to the Sun. The value is achieved at Kerbin's distance, with the panel pointed directly at the Sun.

The OX-STAT is a permanently deployed solar panel. It has no tracking ability and the lowest individual charge rate of any solar panel module, but it is extremely light and extremely cheap both in terms of unit cost and cost per unit electric charge generated. The OX-STAT is also less susceptible to breakage than other panels. However, it can be easily broken if stepped on by Kerbals. It has no drag due to being a physicsless part.

Usage

On paper, it has the best power/mass and power/cost ratios of all solar panels, and has the added bonus of being a physicsless part. However, since it doesn't orient itself to the sun automatically, it needs to be constantly pointed to the sun to ensure optimal energy output (which is unfeasible in practice) or multiple panels have to be placed in multiplicity around the craft to ensure that at all times at least one is facing the sun (which can quickly reduce the cost benefit). It also means it doesn't have a really cool extension or retraction animation.

Product description

The OX-STAT solar panel is a simple panel with no sun-tracking or deployment mechanics. As a result, it is very light and cheap.

Probodobodyne Inc.

Changes

1.2
  • Moved from Utility to Electrical
1.0.1
  • Cost reduced from 100 to 75; charge reduced from 0.75 to 0.35 ⚡/s.
1.0
  • Max temperature reduced from 3200 to 1200 K.
0.23.5
0.18
  • Initial Release