Alta Devices Powers Successful CubeSat Mission
August 6, 2018 – A successful CubeSat mission by Twiggs Space Lab, LLC (TSL), NearSpace Launch, Inc. (NSL) and their launch logistics partner, NanoRacks LLC (NanoRacks), was powered by Alta Devices solar. The Asgardia-1 satellite was based on NSL’s FastBus platform and powered by approximately 24 watts of Alta solar cells.
TSL, NSL and NanoRacks are at the forefront of small satellite innovation and are pioneering new, disruptive models of satellites that are much smaller, simpler, and more affordable. Their mission is to broaden access to space for educational as well as commercial participants. They selected Alta Devices solar technology due to its unique modular, lightweight, and high efficiency characteristics.
What’s new in solar energy harvesting for sensors?
At Sensors Expo 2018, Ben LeNail, Director of Business Development, provided an update on Alta Devices’ technology, its applications and energy harvesting solutions for sensors.
HALE (high-altitude long endurance) aircraft face a power problem. Batteries alone cannot enable continuous operations. As a result, renewable energy sources, such as solar, are needed to achieve multiple week or month-long operation. Solar technology has improved dramatically over the last decade, but not all solar is ideal for HALE aircraft.
Join Alta Devices for this webinar as we discuss the general solar technology landscape, the challenges HALEs face, and optimizing the performance of solar on these aircraft.
Webinar registration link coming soon!
High-flying pseudo-satellite drone sets new endurance record
The European aerospace consortium Airbus announced that the latest model of its Zephyr drone had landed near Yuma, Arizona, late last week, after staying on the wing continuously for 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes, and breaking a world record for long-endurance flight.
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September 5 to 7th – Las Vegas, NV
InterDrone is the largest commercially-dedicated drone event in North America. Topics discussed this year include surveying and mapping, infrastructure inspection, public safety and precision agriculture. Swing by Booth 423 to learn more about how you can incorporate our solar technology into your UAV design!
October 1st to 3rd – Las Vegas, NV
This year’s Commercial UAV Expo focuses on unmanned systems integration and operation in select commercial markets. Make sure to stop by Booth 527 to see solar wing segments or to chat with one of our engineers! Register for a free exhibitor pass or a discounted conference pass using Alta’s code: UAVA1830349
Alta Devices Technical Presentations
We invite you to attend our presentations at Commercial UAV Expo Americas.
High Performance Solar Power for Long Endurance Autonomous Platforms
Tuesday, October 2nd at 1:30pm – Expo Hall Demo Theater
Powering Drones – Latest Developments & End User Needs
Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:00pm
Featured Speakers: Rich Kapusta, Alta Devices; Keith Wallace, Vertical Partners West; Joseph Bablo, UL; Richard Lopez, Henzel Phelps.
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