Alta Devices Scaling Up Solar Production To Disrupt Economics of Small Satellite Manufacturing
Tens of Thousands of LEO SmallSats Expected to Deploy in Constellations Over Next Decade
Alta Devices has announced it is scaling up solar production to meet growing demand for small satellites (SmallSats). Tens of thousands of low-earth orbiting (LEO) SmallSats are expected to be launched over the next decade. They will all rely on the sun for power. Alta Devices solar material has the potential to meet the specific needs of this SmallSat boom… READ MORE
Small Satellite Conference
ALTA DEVICES AT SMALL SATELLITE CONFERENCE 2019
The booth will have:
- Alta’s flexible, lightweight solar technology for LEO constellations
- ThinSat flight unit and 1U display
- Large flexible solar module display
- Alta Devices Solar Product brief
New Space Case Studies
NearSpace Launch ThinSat Constellation
ISSUE: Research in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is extremely expensive. Near Space Launch (NSL) needed a cost effective way to launch a constellation of 63 Thin Satellites for LEO research
SOLUTION: Alta Devices solar technology was the only cost competitive solution available that was also thin, flexible, and light enough to supply power to 63 satellites. On April 17, 2019 all 63 satellites were launched during the second stage of the NG-11 Antares Rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS)… READ MORE
NASA Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE)
ISSUE: A deeper understanding is needed of the hostile conditions in space such as extreme solar radiation, atomic oxygen and thermal cycling. These conditions can degrade the performance of conventional solar cells.
SOLUTION: Alta Devices has teamed with NASA to better understand the effects of long term exposure in space on solar technology. MISSE is the first experiment mounted externally on the International Space Station (ISS). This experiment will fly Alta Devices solar technology on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) for approximately one year. Results from this experiment will enable NASA to evaluate Alta Devices solar technology for future space missions... READ MORE
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