Fly Different: Solar as Innovative as Your Satellite
Innovative satellite designs need solar power to match. Lightweight, thin, flexible and tough gallium-arsenide solar cells from Alta Devices enable designs that are not possible with other solar technologies. Whether it’s coiled carbon fiber booms, flat-packed, polymer-based accordion arrays, or even inflatable structures, our solar technology allows creative design approaches for maximizing power.
Our cells provide a new level of mechanical and design flexibility for the small satellite industry. Alta Devices solar technology for space leverages a patented, high-volume terrestrial manufacturing process to create high-efficiency solar arrays with excellent packing factor in a thin, flexible, and lightweight form-factor. This maximizes power while minimizing cost and launch weight. Our technology enables creative design approaches to maximizing onboard solar power.
Lightweight, High Performance Solar Cells for High Power-to-Weight and Deployable Solar Arrays
Thin gallium-arsenide solar cells have the potential to provide a good balance of:
- conversion efficiency
- reduced array weight
- elimination of cell breakage
- significant reduction in costs relative to conventional space solar cells.
Track record for design wins.
Several players in the small satellite field are using Alta Devices solar technology including Twiggs Space Labs, Near Space Launch Inc. and OreSat (Part of the 2017 NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative)
“We’re very excited to be working with Alta Devices solar technology on our OreSat CubeSat project. These cells can be easily handled by students, don’t require traditionally painstaking encapsulation techniques…. And they provide excellent power output compared to other alternatives.” – Professor Greenberg, Portland State University
OreSat is using Alta Devices solar on Oregon’s first satellite. Part of the 2017 NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, OreSat is a vehicle for collaborative, interdisciplinary aerospace engineering education for the state of Oregon.
OreSat will perform atmospheric science research and serve as a testbed for innovative long-range Wifi, solar cell and satellite bus technologies, all while providing innovative, STEM-based outreach to the entire state of Oregon and beyond.
More about OreSat can be found at http://oresat.org/