ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 24, 2014 (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 contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to design and manufacture solar panels for SNC to be used on NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS). The CYGNSS mission will be managed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and is planned for launch, October 2016.
SolAero will populate solar panels with its most advanced ZTJ triple-junction solar cells. SNC will then deliver the finished panels to SwRI for integration into the eight Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites that will be carried into orbit on a single launch vehicle.
The goal of NASA’s CYGNSS mission is a fundamental improvement in hurricane forecasting. CYGNSS will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The data generated will enable scientists to probe key air-sea interaction processes that take place near the core of storms, which play a critical role in the genesis and intensification of hurricanes.
“SolAero is a valued and strategic partner supporting a critical element of SNC’s growing, complete and integrated satellite Electrical Power System (EPS) offering,” said Matt Johnson director of programs for SNC’s Space Systems. “We look forward to working with SolAero as we continue to expand the EPS market with higher value, lower cost and turn-key system solutions.”
“SolAero is proud to play a key role with Sierra Nevada Corporation in this important NASA mission to advance the forecasting and tracking of extreme weather conditions,” said Dr. Brad Clevenger, President and CEO. “SolAero previously delivered solar panels to SNC for the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites in 2010. We are very pleased to receive this award and are appreciative of SNC’s continued confidence in our ability to deliver the highest reliability solar panels for their missions,” added Dr. Clevenger.
SolAero is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly-efficient radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. With a Beginning-Of-Life (BOL) conversion efficiency nearing 30 percent and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, SolAero’s industry-leading multi-junction solar cells provide the highest levels of performance to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.
Since 2001 SolAero solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to over 130 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. The Company’s proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and unsurpassed reliability make SolAero the supplier of choice for demanding space program
About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nev., is one of America’s fastest growing private companies based on its significant expansion and reputation for rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions in electronics, aerospace, avionics, space, propulsion, micro-satellite, aircraft, communications systems and solar energy. Under the leadership of CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, SNC has a workforce of over 3,000 personnel in 30 locations in 16 states. SNC’s six unique business areas are dedicated to providing leading-edge solutions to SNC’s dynamic customer base.