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Emcore wins solar panel manufacturing contract for NASA's CYGNSS mission

Published 25 March 2014

Emcore has won a contract from Sierra Nevada (SNC) to design and manufacture solar panels for NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS).

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will manage the CYGNSS mission, which is planned to launch in October 2016.

Emcore said that it will populate solar panels with its ZTJ triple-junction solar cells. Later on SNC will deliver the finished panels to SwRI for integration into the eight low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites.

The CYGNSS has a goal to improve the forecasting of hurricanes.

Emcore photovoltaics division executive vice president and general manager said, "Emcore is proud to play a key role with Sierra Nevada Corporation in this important NASA mission to advance the forecasting and tracking of extreme weather conditions."

SNC Space Systems director of programs Matt Johnson said, "EMCORE is a valued and strategic partner supporting a critical element of SNC's growing, complete and integrated satellite Electrical Power System (EPS) offering.

"We look forward to working with EMCORE as we continue to expand the EPS market with higher value, lower cost and turn-key system solutions."