Silicon-based DragonSCALES solutions provide a viable, tested alternative for space power applications with advanced architecture, unparalleled performance, streamlined production, and lower cost per watt.
FREMONT, CA: Innovative solar technology company, mPower Technology, announced that its DragonSCALES solar cell prototype had completed integration and testing on a Sparkwing in-orbit solar array technology demonstrator in preparation for inclusion on Momentus' Vigoride transfer vehicle launch taking place in the fourth quarter of 2020.
DragonSCALES was developed to provide a low-cost, voltage-adjustable, high packing factor and lightweight solar power module that streamlines panel assembly and is designed for commercial LEO (low earth orbit) satellite constellations.
The Sparkwing team has introduced a groundbreaking new approach towards low cost, fast-delivery solar arrays for smallsats by offering a catalog approach for standardized solar array models, similar to the automotive industry. The team is interested in mPower's solar cell technology because of its potential to offer a unique combination of cost and performance benefits for next-gen solar arrays.
"mPower is disrupting the space power market with its alternative approach to solar power," said Kevin Hell, president, and CEO of mPower Technology. "The Sparkwing team needs a resilient, flexible, cost-effective solar solution for their innovative smallsat solar array product, and DragonSCALES is the perfect fit given its ease of integration and unique ability to meet customized mission requirements."
DragonSCALES enables disruptive and new solar application approaches by leveraging small, advanced silicon cells integrated on a flexible substrate in a patented, highly interconnected architecture. They provide unprecedented system cost improvements, weight, flexibility, resilience, and ease of installation and system integration.
"We are very interested in the launch of this demonstrator together with mPower and Momentus, and looking forward to the in-orbit results. At Sparkwing, we are always looking for cutting-edge technologies that will change the approach to space power in subsequent missions. We're closely following the mPower development." said Marloes Van Put, who is leading the Sparkwing initiative.