Articles by: David Werth

Bye Aerospace, SolAero Technologies Collaborate on Medium-Altitude UAV

Albuquerque, NM – January 31, 2017 – SolAero Technologies Corp announced an important product development and manufacturing collaboration with Bye Aerospace to power Bye’s StratoAirNet solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with SolAero’s high-efficiency solar cells and flexible solar modules.

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Rick Byrens

As President and General Manager of Alliance Spacesystems, Rick oversees all facets of the business with a clear focus on customer satisfaction and products of the highest quality. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Byrens was Business Development Manager for Alliance / MDA Space Structures from 2006 through 2011, and oversaw growth in the business unit from $4.5 Million per year to $28 Million in 2011. Mr. Byrens was Business Development Manager at ATK Corona / Programmed Composites, Inc. from 1999 through 2006, spent 3 years as General Manager at Intec Composites (Anaheim, CA), and was also General Manager of Hexcel’s Satellite Products Business Unit (Gilbert, AZ) from 1997 through 1999. Mr. Byrens has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and has over 30 years experience in the composite materials and structures business.

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SolAero Technologies to Acquire Alliance Spacesystems

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), one of the world’s leading providers of space solar power solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alliance Spacesystems, LLC (Alliance), a leading provider of high-performance composite structures for spacecraft applications. The combination of SolAero and Alliance creates a vertically-integrated satellite subsystem provider capable of offering its satellite OEM customers improved value across a spectrum of mission-critical products and technical solutions. The combined company will employ approximately 400 people with revenue of over $100 million from commercial and government customers worldwide.

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SolAero Technologies’ Solar Panels Power NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission after Successful Launch

Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 16, 2015 – SolAero Technologies Corp. a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, assemblies and panels for space power applications, is proud to announce that 32 SolAero solar panels populated with high-efficiency triple-junction ZTJ solar cells are powering the four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft that launched successfully on March 12, 2015 aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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Brad Clevenger, PhD

Dr. Brad Clevenger joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in June 2001 and held various leadership positions within Engineering, Operations and Business Development on his way to becoming President and CEO. Prior to joining SolAero, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. Dr. Clevenger holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. He has published over 50 journal articles and holds four U.S. patents.

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Navid Fatemi

Navid Fatemi joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 1998. Mr. Fatemi oversees the Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Proposal Management functions at SolAero. He has 28 years of experience in the Aerospace and Photovoltaics industries. Prior to joining SolAero, he was a partner at Essential Research, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio and was also involved with Photovoltaic Research & Development activities for space applications at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. He holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University, respectively.

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Silvia Gentile

Silvia Gentile joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 1996 and currently serves as the Human Resources Manager. In this position, Ms. Gentile is responsible for all of the functions involving the organization’s employees, including, recruitment, hiring, salary & benefits, 401(K) administration, performance management and employee relations. Prior to joining SolAero, Silvia worked for the Miller Brewing Company as Regional Office Manager for the New York Market Area.

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Pravin Patel

Pravin Patel joined SolAero Technologies Corp. in 2006 and currently serves as Director of Engineering. In this position, Mr. Patel is responsible for Product Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering departments across the solar cell and solar panel product lines. His professional career began with SolAero Technologies as a Solar Cell Device & Materials Development Engineer and has progressed through various leadership roles as a Product Development Engineer, Engineering Manager of Solar Cell Product Development, and now Director of Engineering. Mr. Patel holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, with a focus in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices.

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