The company’s robust solar cells, engineered to withstand some of the harshest conditions in space, have powered NASA missions to the moon, Mars and Mercury. Next year, its technology will help take NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on a first-ever voyage to the sun’s outer atmosphere.
And thanks to a new contract announced last week, SolAero’s photovoltaic panels will also help carry NASA’s Europa Clipper on its forthcoming journey to Jupiter’s Europa moon to study whether conditions there are suitable for life.
“We’re providing the power for a huge diversity of missions, from the super-hot and super-bright outer atmosphere of the sun to the super-dark and super-cold region of Jupiter’s Europa moon,” said SolAero CEO Brad Clevenger. “… We’ve supported more than 40 NASA missions to date. More than not, the missions people hear about on the news are powered by us.”