Space Systems/Loral has signed a long-term supply agreement with Emcore for high-efficiency, multijunction solar cells to be used in SS/L’s spacecraft programs. The new contract between the two companies, which have worked together for more than 10 years, runs from 2009-2014. The photovoltaic cells will be manufactured at Emcore’s production facilities in Albuquerque, NM.
Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Emcore’s photovoltaics division continues to grow at a rapid pace and has recently secured more than a dozen new production programs for fully integrated space solar panels as well as solar cells,” according to Hong Hou, company president/CEO. “Emcore remains committed to manufacturing the highest quality, best performing solar cells and panels in the industry. Satellite manufacturers and solar array integrators continue to rely on Emcore as an independent supply source that meets all of their satellite power needs.”
Emcore says it is the largest manufacturer of highly efficient radiation-hard solar cells for space power applications. With beginning-of-life conversion efficiencies of 30% and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, the company’s multijunction cells provide the some of the highest power outputs to interplanetary spacecrafts and earth-orbiting satellites.