Emcore announced that ATK had awarded it with a contract to supply its ZTJ triple-junction solar cells for use in the AMOS-6 commercial telecommunications satellite mission. The satellite has plans to be launched in early 2015 and will see Emcore’s products used to power the AMOS-6 spacecraft manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
AMOS-6, operated by Spacecom, will be located in orbital position with AMOS-2 and AMOS-3. It will provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage and a Ka-band beam for broadband services in Africa and Europe.
“We are excited about this opportunity to adapt our space-proven modular PUMA array, from GPS IIF and Orbital's Star2 GEO line, to provide power to IAI's AMOS-6 satellite for Spacecom,” said Dave Messner, VP and GM of ATK Deployables business. “We look forward to delivering over 10kW of end-of-life power using Emcore's solar cell technology to enable another successful satellite mission.”