EMCORE meeting the solar panels needs of NASA

EMCORE recently announced its solar panels were successfully launched November 26 onboard the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which will power the MSL spacecraft during its voyage to Mars.

"We are very proud to contribute to NASA's latest mission to Mars and are committed to supporting NASA with other future missions," said Christopher Larocca, chief operating officer for EMCORE.

The MSL spacecraft equipped with EMCORE's solar panels is carrying the MSL rover named Curiosity, which will communicate with the entry vehicle that will carry the rover to the surface of the planet.

EMCORE also recently provided solar panels for NASA Ames’ Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, will study the lunar atmosphere, including fine dust particles suspended above the lunar surface, and will be launched in early 2013 aboard a Minotaur V vehicle, reported Energy Matters.

The website said the solar panels will face extremely hostile conditions on this mission and they have to be much stronger than those that would be placed on a residential structure.

Author: Danny Vo

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