has received U.S. government approval to export state-of-the art solar
cells, panels, and arrays to major European spacecraft manufacturers.
Solar arrays on spacecraft built by Dornier Satellitensystem GmbH (a
DaimlerChrysler Company), Alcatel Space Industries, Alenia Aerospazio,
and Matra Marconi Systems may now use Spectrolab's high-power solar
cells. Spectrolab's existing U.S. customers include Space Systems Loral,
TRW, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Group, Lockheed Martin, Spectrum Astro, Boeing, and Hughes Space and
Communications Company. Spectrolab's multi-junction gallium arsenide
solar cells can boost on-orbit power capacities to meet increasing
market demands for ever higher revenue-generating spacecraft. In 1999,
Spectrolab delivered solar cells with an average conversion efficiency
of 24.5 percent; next-generation cells reaching 27 percent efficiencies
are now available. The added efficiency makes it possible to have either
a lighter, smaller array of equivalent power or a more powerful array
with no increase in size or mass. Improved efficiency means a reduction
in launch and on-orbit operational costs. Spectrolab has boosted its
solar cell production capacity to deliver nearly 1 megawatt of power per
year to spacecraft manufacturers, while reducing the cycle time required
to transfer new designs into flight production by nearly 50 percent.
Spectrolab is included as part of Boeing’s announced acquisition of
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