US: Solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products provider for satellite and aerospace applications, SolAero Technologies, has been awarded with contracts for designing, manufacturing and testing of solar array panels for the two upcoming satellite missions, SARah and EnMAP. The contracts were awarded by German technology corporation OHB System AG (OHB).
SARah is a follow-on system to the Federal Republic of Germany’s SAR-Lupe that provides satellite-based radar reconnaissance. EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) is a German hyperspectral earth observation satellite to measure and model key dynamic processes of the Earth’s ecosystems on a global scale.
The solar array substrates will be designed and manufactured by Alliance Spacesystems, a subsidiary of SolAero Technologies Corp., and SolAero will design and produce the solar array panels. The panels will be populated with SolAero’s high-performance ZTJ solar cells, which have a manufacturing heritage approaching 1,500,000 units and are currently powering 179 satellites.
“SolAero is excited to partner with OHB on SARah and EnMAP and appreciates the opportunity to support these important programs,” said Brad Clevenger, CEO of SolAero Technologies. “This partnership further demonstrates SolAero’s commitment to service the world’s most demanding satellite applications.”
SolAero is the world’s only vertically-integrated space solar panel provider, capable of designing, manufacturing and testing solar array substrates and solar panels for the most cost effective satellite power solutions available. SolAero’s end-to-end capabilities were key to affordably meeting OHB’s demanding requirements.