ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SolAero Technologies Corp. a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, assemblies and panels for space power applications, announced today that it has been awarded a solar panel manufacturing contract by ATK for the AMOS-6 commercial telecommunications satellite planned for launch in early 2015. Solar panels populated with SolAero’s most advanced ZTJ triple-junction solar cells will power the AMOS-6 spacecraft manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
AMOS-6, operated by Spacecom, is to be co-located at the 4˚W orbital position with AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. It will provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage, and a Ka-band beam for broadband services in Africa and Europe. The AMOS satellite fleet, beginning with the AMOS-1 in 1996, provides broadcasting and communications services to DTH (Direct-To-Home) television operators, TV broadcasters and programmers, government and corporate organizations, and VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) network operators.
“We are excited about this opportunity to adapt our space-proven modular PUMA array, from GPS IIF and Orbital’s Star2 GEO line, to provide power to IAI’s AMOS-6 satellite for Spacecom,” said Dave Messner, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Deployables business in Goleta, CA. “We look forward to delivering over 10kW of end-of-life power using SolAero’s solar cell technology to enable another successful satellite mission.”
“This is an important award for SolAero. The manufacture of the AMOS-6 solar panels will reinforce our heritage in the telecom satellite business and allow us to pursue future opportunities in that market,” said Brad Clevenger, President & CEO. “SolAero greatly values our long-standing business relationship with ATK, and we are extremely honored to receive this award. We look forward to working with ATK on the AMOS-6 mission.”
SolAero 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, SolAero’s industry-leading multi-junction solar cells provide the highest available power to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites. SolAero’s proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership, and high-reliability solar panels make us the supplier of choice for demanding spacecraft power systems.
ATK (NYSE:ATK) is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally, with annual revenues of approximately $4.6 billion for the period ending March 31, 2012. Further news and information about ATK can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.
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