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EMCORE to design solar array for CRYOSAT

Posted: 05 Aug 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar array? cryosat satellite? ASTRIUM? european space agency? tecstar?

EMCORE Corp. has received a contract to design and develop a solar array to power the CRYOSAT satellite, a project of ASTRIUM for the European Space Agency (ESA).This contract follows EMCORE'S recent acquisition of the Applied Solar Division business of Tecstar Inc., which now forms part of EMCORE's PhotoVoltaics Division.

The CRYOSAT satellite will monitor land and marine ice mass fluxes, which is expected to enable the better understanding of climate change. According to the terms of the contract, EMCORE will lead a team, comprised of itself and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), in which the latter will provide the mechanical design, while the former will undertake the electrical design. The solar array, which converts sunlight into electrical power, will be the primary power source for the CRYOSAT satellite.

"Satellite success is highly dependent on the solar array's performance and reliability as a key component of the satellite's power supply. The combination of EMCORE's advanced triple-junction solar cells and the flight heritage of Tecstar's solar array programs were key factors in our decision," said Uwe Mallow of ASTRIUM.

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