Component and subsystem provider EMCORE Corporation has agreed to a long-term supply deal with Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL) that will see EMCORE construct and deliver solar cells for SSL’s satellite programs.
EMCORE has supplied SSL with solar cells for 15 years, delivering its one-millionth solar cell to the satellite provider in 2013 – representing 1MW of power delivered into space.
Navid Fatemi, vice president of business development for EMCORE’s photovoltaics division, said: “We value our long history as a key supplier of solar cells for SSL's space programs and are especially proud that our solar cells have continued to meet SSL's requirements for performance and reliability for 15 years. We now have a tremendous opportunity to build upon that successful legacy.”
The solar cells will be designed and constructed at EMCORE’s manufacturing plan in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
EMCORE solar cells or panels have helped supply energy to 130 space missions since 2001.