mPower Technology’s DragonSCALES Solar Cells to Launch on Sparkwing In-Orbit Demonstrator with Momentus’ Vigoride Transfer Vehicle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Innovative solar technology company, mPower Technology, today announced that its DragonSCALES™ solar cell prototype has completed integration and testing on a Sparkwing in-orbit solar array technology demonstrator in preparation for inclusion on Momentus’ Vigoride transfer vehicle launch taking place in the fourth quarter of 2020.

DragonSCALES was developed to provide a low-cost, voltage-adjustable, high packing factor and lightweight solar power module that streamlines panel assembly and is designed for the needs of commercial LEO (low earth orbit) satellite constellations.

The Sparkwing team has introduced a groundbreaking new approach towards low cost, fast-delivery solar arrays for smallsats by offering a catalogue approach for standardized solar array models, similar to the automotive industry. The team is interested in mPower’s solar cell technology because of its potential to offer a unique combination of cost and performance benefits for next-gen solar arrays.

DragonSCALES enable disruptive, new

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Momentus forges agreements with Skykraft and Mecano ID

SAN FRANCISCO – In-space transportation startup Momentus announced service agreements Oct. 2 with Australia’s Skykraft and French spacecraft engineering company Mecano ID.

Santa, Clara, California-based Momentus revealed plans to deploy a pathfinder for Skykraft’s microsatellite constellation on a Vigoride flight in June 2021. Momentus plans to send the Skykraft microsatellite into orbit via EOS, a separation ring developed by Mecano ID with funding from the French space agency CNES.

If successful, the June 2021 Skykraft flight will be the qualification flight for EOS, which “opens the door for commercialization,” according to the Oct. 2 news release.

Momentus plans to launch a second Skykraft microsatellite in late 2021 under the launch services agreement announced Oct. 2.

Skykraft, a spin-off of the University of New South Wales Canberra Space Programme, specializes in design, manufacturing and operations of small satellite constellations. The startup, founded in 2017, plans to establish a constellation of 210

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