Emcore was recently tapped by Orbital Sciences to provide its technology for NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Sattellite-2 (ICESat-2). The mission has a target launch date for early 2016 and will be using precision laser-ranging techniques to measure the topography of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and the thickness of sea ice.
Emcore will be providing its ZTJ triple-junction solar cells to help power the solar panels, manufactured by Orbital, for the ICESat-2 mission. “This award for ICESat-2 continues the strong partnership between Orbital Sciences Corporation and Emcore,” said Brad Clevenger, general manager of Emcore’s PV group. “Our proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and solar panel reliability make Emcore the supplier of choice for demanding spacecraft power systems.”