Sparkwing photovoltaic panels selected to power Aerospacelab's initial Very High Resolution satellite

Apr 1, 2021 05:31 PM ET
  • By choosing Sparkwing for their first Very High Resolution (VHR) goal, the Belgian space business Aerospacelab is the launching consumer for the unique off-the-shelf photovoltaic panels. The satellite is a primary step towards Aerospacelab's VHR constellation as well as will certainly be geared up with 2 standardised and readily offered Sparkwing solar arrays to do its Planet Monitoring job precede.
Sparkwing photovoltaic panels selected to power Aerospacelab's initial Very High Resolution satellite

Sparkwing is an Airbus product to power small satellites. Aerospacelab picked the single-deployable 1070x570mm wing configuration from the Sparkwing brochure. A collection of 2 wings for the first trip version as well as an architectural design for early system level testing will certainly be provided. Like all Sparkwing versions, the wings consist of the substratums with photovoltaic or pv assemblies (PVA), hold-down and release systems and release systems.

"Sparkwing's remedy matches Aerospacelab's goal to layout and manufacture high-performance, cutting-edge and also affordable ESPA -course * satellites. Most significantly, Aerospacelab and Sparkwing share a practical method to the advancement of Newspace objectives, causing a very smooth collaboration. We are anticipating this mission and are enjoyed contribute in Sparkwing's success." said Benoit Deper, CEO and also founder of Aerospacelab.

"Our Sparkwing solar array portfolio is customized to the 'new space' area, yet improved forty years of experience acquired from delivering power to global space objectives. So, the very best of both worlds.

"Aerospacelab's openness to an industrial off-the-shelf product confirms that our strategy in standardising solar panels is what the smallsat market is looking for. We are excited to play a part in Aerospacelab's trip into making the VHR constellation a success", claimed Rob Postma, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defence and also Space Netherlands.

Sparkwing is the world's very first readily offered, off-the-shelf solar array for tiny satellites. It is optimised for Low Earth Orbit objectives that call for power levels in between 100W as well as 2000W.

The Sparkwing catalogue supplies greater than thirty different panel measurements, which can be set up into deployable wings with one, 2 or three panels per wing. Sparkwing is a product developed by Airbus Defence as well as Space Netherlands B.V., with the support of the Netherlands Space Office and also ESA.