SolAero Solar Panels Will Power ICESat-2 Spacecraft for the 2016 NASA Mission
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 26, 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 Orbital Sciences Corporation for NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission targeted for launch in early 2016. Solar panels populated with SolAero’s most advanced ZTJ triple-junction solar cells will power the ICESat-2 spacecraft manufactured by Orbital.
ICESat-2 builds on measurements taken by NASA’s original ICESat mission. ICESat was the benchmark Earth Observing System mission for measuring ice sheet mass balance, cloud and aerosol heights, as well as land topography and vegetation characteristics. Data from ICESat, which was in orbit from 2003 to 2010, revealed thinning of the world’s ice sheets. ICESat-2 will use precision laser-ranging techniques to measure the topography of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the thickness of sea ice. For more information on ICESat-2, please visit http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/.
“This award for ICESat-2 continues the strong partnership between Orbital Sciences Corporation and EMCORE,” said Brad Clevenger, President & CEO for SolAero Technologies. “Our proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and solar panel reliability make SolAero the supplier of choice for demanding spacecraft power systems.”
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.
About Orbital Sciences Corporation
As the industry leader in small- and medium-class space and rocket systems, Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) provides a complete set of reliable, cost-effective products including satellites for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO), communications and broadcasting, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft that perform remote sensing and scientific research, spacecraft used for national security missions, and planetary probes to explore deep space. In addition, Orbital provides full service engineering, production and technical services for NASA, DoD, commercial and academic space programs. For more information on Orbital Sciences Corporation, please visit http://www.orbital.com/.
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