ATK has granted a contract to Emcore for designing and manufacturing of solar panels for NASA's InSight Mars Lander.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will managed the mission, which is set for introduction in March of 2016.
As per the contract, ATK will integrate Emcore's solar panels into its UltraFlex solar arrays for the final flight configuration of the spacecraft.
It is stated that solar panels equipped with Emcore's most advanced ZTJ solar cells will power the InSight spacecraft which will be built and operated by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Denver.
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.
Moreover, InSight will function as a terrestrial planet explorer that will open a window into the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) over four billion years ago.
David Messner, Vice President and General Manager of Solar Arrays and Deployables for ATK's Space Components division said, Missions of this magnitude require extremely high reliability and proven performance. We are pleased to be partnering with Emcore again, this time to support the exploration of the Martian surface for Lockheed Martin and NASA'sJet Propulsion Laboratory as part of the exciting Mars InSight program.
Brad Clevenger, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Emcore's Photovoltaics Division said, This contract with ATK is a very important award for Emcore, and we are honored once again to contribute to NASA's next mission to Mars. Emcore has partnered with ATK on many successful programs and has supported several high-profile NASA-JPL missions including the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) that carried the rover 'Curiosity' to Mars.
Navid Fatemi, Vice President of Business Development for Emcore Photovoltaics said, Emcore is in the process of delivering solar panels for several other NASA missions including the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) with ATK. We greatly value our long-standing business relationship with ATK and look forward to another successful partnership with ATK on NASA's Insight Mars Lander mission.