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Six new Boeing solar arrays to power International Space Station

The new arrays will increase the on-board laboratory’s power supply and installation is scheduled to begin in 2021.

The new 63-foot-by-20-foot (19-meter-by-6-meter) arrays will together produce 120 kilowatts of electricity via the sun’s energy, says Boeing.

They will combine with the eight original, larger arrays, and the extra hardware should provide a 20-30% percent increase in power.

“When it comes to game-changing research and technological development, the space station is currently hitting its full stride,” said John Mulholland, ISS vice president and program manager for Boeing.”

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