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Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft

Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft

  • Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft
  • Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft

Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus SpacecraftEMCORE Corporation, a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and solar power markets, announced today that it has been awarded a solar panel manufacturing contract by ATK to utilize ZTJ solar cells in the new lightweight and highly-efficient ATK Ultraflex solar arrays. The solar panels will be used to power cargo delivery spacecraft for Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

Under contract with NASA, Orbital will provide cargo logistics support services to the ISS, beginning in 2012. EMCORE’s solar panels will be assembled into deployable solar arrays by ATK’s Solar Arrays and Deployables business based in Goleta, California. The arrays will then be delivered to Orbital Sciences Corporation for integration into their Cygnus space vehicles.

“Coupling EMCORE’s heritage of providing highly-efficient and reliable photovoltaics with ATK’s lightweight Ultraflex solar array design will result in a winning solution to produce the most advanced and reliable power to ensure Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft is the long-term solution for the automated transport of goods to the International Space Station for many years to come,” said Dave Messner, General Manager of ATK’s Solar Arrays and Deployables business.

Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft

“EMCORE values our long-standing business relationship with ATK and we are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Christopher Larocca, Chief Operating Officer for EMCORE.

Our proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and high-reliability solar panels make EMCORE the supplier of choice for demanding spacecraft power systems. We look forward to working with ATK to support Orbital and NASA for these important missions.

EMCORE is the world’s leading manufacturer of highly-efficient radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. With a beginning-of-life (BOL) conversion efficiency nearing 30% and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, EMCORE’s industry leading multi-junction solar cells provide the highest available power to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.

Source: EMCORE

Lightweight Ultraflex Solar Array to Power Orbital’s Cygnus Spacecraft Tags: array design, christopher larocca, compound semiconductor, conversion efficiency, goleta california, international space station, long term solution, orbital sciences corporation, panel manufacturing, solar arrays, solar cells, space power applications, spacecraft power systems, technology leadership

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