Emcore Corp. said Monday that it has been chosen to design and build solar panels for NASA to help track hurricanes.
The Albuquerque company was awarded the contract by Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev., to build the devices for NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, whose goal is to improve the forecasting of hurricanes.
“Emcore is proud to play a key role with Sierra Nevada Corporation in this important NASA mission to advance the forecasting and tracking of extreme weather conditions,” said Dr. Brad Clevenger, executive vice president and general manager of Emcore’s photovoltaics division, in a statement released Monday.
The new solar panels will deployed on eight low-Earth orbiting satellites that are scheduled to be launched in October 2016.
Emcore a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optics and space solar power markets.