SolAero Awarded Solar Panel Manufacturing Contract by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 16, 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 contract by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation (BATC) to design, manufacture, test and deliver solar panels for a new spacecraft. The period of performance for this program is about 2 years, with a total contract value of nearly $6 million.

The solar panels delivered to BATC will be populated with SolAero’s ZTJ multi-junction solar cells. The ZTJ is currently the highest performance space-grade solar cell available in volume production to the global market. Production of the solar cells and panels will take place at SolAero’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

“We are very pleased to receive this award from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation and recognize their confidence in our capabilities to manufacture and deliver the solar panels for this important mission,” said Brad Clevenger, President & CEO for SolAero. “Our proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and high-reliability solar panels 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 Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Ball Corporation, designs, develops and manufactures innovative aerospace systems including spacecrafts, instruments, RF and microwave technologies, and data exploitation solutions for governmental and commercial customers. Ball Aerospace is a respected leader in providing integrated spacecraft buses for payload integration and precision spacecraft for interplanetary and space science missions. For more information about Ball Aerospace, please visit


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