Verification of Mars solar radiation model based on Mars Pathfinder data

Joseph Appelbaum*, Tal Segalov, Phillip P. Jenkins, Geoffrey A. Landis, Cosmo R. Baraona

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


The solar radiation model for the Martian surface was developed based on the images taken by the two Viking Landers VL1 and VL2 cameras, and calculation of the solar flux function. This model was used for the design of the Pathfinder's photovoltaic arrays. The Pathfinder is equipped with various instruments capable of measuring data from which solar radiation quantities may be derived. In the present study we use data of the Lander and Rover, and perform correlation calculation to the solar radiation model. This study shows that the solar radiation model predicts with good accuracy the solar radiation on the Martian surface for horizontal photovoltaic arrays and for an optical depth of 0.5 of the Martian atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1039-1041
Number of pages3
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE 26th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: 29 Sep 19973 Oct 1997


Dive into the research topics of 'Verification of Mars solar radiation model based on Mars Pathfinder data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this