EMCORE Corporation, a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optics and space solar power markets, 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.
EMCORE 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.
"EMCORE 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 EMCORE as we continue to expand the EPS market with higher value, lower cost and turn-key system solutions."
"EMCORE 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, Executive Vice President and General Manager of EMCORE's Photovoltaics Division. "EMCORE 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.
EMCORE 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, EMCORE's industry-leading multi-junction solar cells provide the highest levels of performance to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.
Since 2001 EMCORE 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 EMCORE the supplier of choice for demanding space programs.