Albuquerque, New Mexico: February 21, 2017 – SolAero Technologies Corp (SolAero), a leading provider of high efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products, extends our sincere congratulations to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its successful, record-breaking launch and deployment of 104 satellites from a single rocket. This achievement nearly tripled the previous record of 37 successful deployments from a single launch.
Ninety-one of the satellites deployed from ISRO’s PSLV-C37 rocket are powered by SolAero products, also a record. This includes two satellites for which SolAero provided solar panels incorporating its industry-leading Inverted Metamorphic Multi-junction (IMM) solar cell technology. At 32% conversion efficiency and 30% lighter weight than conventional space solar cells, IMM represents the highest performance solar cell commercially available. These missions represent the fourth space flight for the IMM solar cell technology, with several more planned to launch in 2017.
“We’re very excited to be part of this milestone achievement by ISRO, Antrix Corporation Limited and all of the satellite manufacturers represented on PSLV-C37,” said Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies Corp. “The team at SolAero appreciates the opportunity to partner with all involved and, in particular, for their support bringing innovative products like IMM to bear on challenging problems.”
The 10% relative performance improvement and 30% reduction in mass of the IMM solar cell relative to conventional space solar cells present opportunities to redesign satellite solar arrays and reduce both their total costs to manufacture and launch. The performance of radiation-hardened IMM solar cells has been validated by multiple organizations in ground testing and on-orbit, which has accelerated its commercial adoption.
About SolAero Technologies Corp.
SolAero Technologies is a leading provider of satellite solar power solutions and precision aerospace structures to the global space markets, encompassing a wide array of applications including civil space exploration, science and earth observation, defense intelligence and communication, and commercial telecommunications industries. The business was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. For more information about SolAero, visit https://solaerotech.com/
About Indian Space Research Organization
The Indian Space Research Organization is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bengaluru. Its vision is to “harness space technology for national development”, while pursuing space science research and planetary exploration. For more information about ISRO, visit http://isro.gov.in/