A Call From The Garrigue.

Just A Little Hint To Starman Peake, Before He Makes His Wasted Trip Outside.

A Space Pool

Hello there Peaky.  I can assure you, as could anybody who has had the slightest experience with Solar Panels, that the charge regulators/controllers are always on the INSIDE. So don’t waste too much time trying to find them on the OUTSIDE. Get on with laying the cable, in readiness for a new docking area, whatever that means, which may save you the embarrassment of having to pee in your pants unnecessarily.

Sky News, innocently spoke to an Italian space-walker, whom they assured us had nearly drowned while making his trip into the ether, when his suit mysteriously filled with water.  He was of course, not in space at all he was in the above Space pool, where all of the walks are staged or “practised,”

As for Major Tim’s task, I really do not know where to begin, so let’s start with the “Shunt.”  I have several “Shunts,” and I presume that they all serve the same purpose, whether in space or in my shed.

Mine are all, needless to say “in the shed” as to leave them outside would be absolutely ridiculous.

The cables have to be passed through the hull wherever the shunt is fixed, however with it on the outside four cables, instead of two would need to be passed inside, so it would, on the face of it, appear to be a rather strange construction decision.

When asked about the problems on the ISS, should the shunt stop working, an ex-astronaut explained that they could continue without it, because they never used all of the power available, so there was no problem.

This would suggest that like me, that on the ISS they have a shunt for each solar panel, minimising the outage,  should there be a failure.

There are four connection on a shunt,  Two of them are directly from the panel, bringing the power with them, the other two would depend on the voltage of the solar panels and whether the power would be consumed at that voltage, which could be for example  12 or 24 volt, or it could be transferred to storage batteries, for use when they were passing in the shadow of the earth,  this would necessitate an inverter.

Either way, you would need these connection inside the ISS, not somewhere on the exterior which would involve groping you way around the exterior for six hours to carry out a repair that would take me no more than two or three minutes. So who exactly decided to put these shunts in such an inaccessible position, as far as possible from the exit point for the astronauts?

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