Emcore Awarded Long-Term Contract by Lockheed Martin
High efficiency, multi-junction Coverglass cells for satellite program
Emcore, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for fibre optics and space solar power markets, has announced today that it has entered into a new, long-term supply agreement with Lockheed Martin Space Systems to design and manufacture high-efficiency, multi-junction Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs). The CICs will be produced at Emcore's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Albuquerque, USA, and are for Lockheed Martin's satellite program.
Emcore has been a supplier of CICs for many previous space missions featuring satellites and spacecraft developed by Lockheed Martin. The CICs to be delivered under this new long-term supply agreement are based on Emcore's latest generation ZTJ triple-junction solar cells. These InGaP/InGaAs/Ge solar cells are the result of years of research and development in high-efficiency, multi-junction solar cell technology for Lockheed Martin and several other major aerospace companies.
"This agreement with Lockheed Martin is one of the most significant contract awards in Emcore's recent history and results from many years of productive collaboration between our two companies," commented Brad Clevenger, executive vice president and general manager of Emcore's Photovoltaics Division. "We are very pleased to enter into this next phase of our relationship and look forward to powering Lockheed Martin's next generation of programs for many years to come."
With a Beginning-Of-Life (BOL) conversion efficiency nearing 30 percent and the option for a patented, onboard monolithic bypass diode, Emcore's industry-leading multi-junction solar cells provide the highest levels of performance to interplanetary spacecraft and earth orbiting satellites.Since 2001 Emcore solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to over 130 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. The Company's proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership and unsurpassed reliability make Emcore the supplier of choice for demanding space programs