Sidus Space, Inc. has partnered with GTM Advanced Structures for space-proven solar panels integration into LizzieSat.
Sidus Space is in the advanced stages of developing LizzieSat, a proprietary, partially 3D printed satellite that is expected to launch in 2023. The satellite design uses a combo of eight deployed and additional body mounted solar panels to generate as much as 400 watts of usable power for satellite operations and up to 50 watts continuous for payloads.
Since 2013, GTM has manufactured solar panels for the smallsat market from 1U up to 12U solar panels. In the past two years, GTM has integrated more than 1,400, triple junction cells onto solar panels. This, combined with GTM’s development of a Plug and Play substrate using industry proven methods and products, creates a rapidly producible, highly reliable, cost-effective product.
GTM’s experience, combined with the selection of Azur Space, ensure the efficiency and longevity of power collection that is vital to accommodating vehicle basic operations and supporting payloads throughout their orbital lifetimes. Azur Space assemblies provide space solutions with a higher integration level. Based on their high-efficiency solar cells of the 28% or 30%-Advanced class, the assemblies are additionally equipped with cover glasses and interconnectors.
“We’re excited to partner with GTM, an AS9100 certified company, to integrate its space-proven solar panels into LizzieSat, providing our satellite with solar power and furthering our sustainability efforts. GTM is utilizing its space-proven solar panel manufacturing heritage, employing industry leading Azur Space solar cell assemblies (SCA) to provide Sidus Space with high reliability performance over the orbital lifetime of LizzieSat. The solar panels are both fixed body mounted and deployable arrays providing a maximum level of exposure for power generation,” said Carol Craig, Sidus Space Founder and CEO.