Emcore announced that ASRC Research and Technology Solutions (ARTS) had entered into a contract with the company for the design, manufacturing and delivery of solar panels for NASA’s Ames Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer (LADEE) mission. Thirty-two solar panels will be built by Emcore for the LADEE mission at its Albuquerque, New Mexico facility.
“This contract is an exciting award for Emcore and we are proud to support NASA's newest lunar mission,” said Christopher Larocca, chief operating officer for Emcore. “Emcore has previously been awarded solar panel contracts for several other NASA missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) missions. We appreciate NASA's continued confidence in Emcore to supply solar panels for their demanding spacecraft power systems.”
LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon in order to study and characterize the lunar atmosphere, including fine dust particles that are suspended over the lunar surface. NASA’s spacecraft is set for a launch date in early 2013.