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 Funds
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 1 200 Funds
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 non-deployable (or permanently deployed) solar panel. It has no tracking ability and the lowest nominal charge rate of any panel, but is extremely light. The OX-STAT is also less susceptible to breakage than other panels.

Usage

On paper, it has the best power/mass ratio of all solar panels. But because it doesn't orient itself to the sun automatically you either have to constantly orient your whole craft to the sun to ensure optimal energy output (which is unfeasible in practice) or you have to place multiple panels all around your craft to ensure that at all times at least one is facing the sun. This can quickly mitigate its weight advantage.

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

0.23.5
  • "PhysicsSignificance = 1" added. The part now has 0 mass and drag, despite the listed values.
0.18
  • Initial Release