ATK Space Systems and Deployable Space Systems have been chosen for contract negotiation by NASA's Space Technology Program for the development of cutting-edge solar array systems.
High-power solar electric propulsion, which is powered by sophisticated solar array systems, is an essential capability needed to extend human reach across the solar system. The selected proposals provide breakthrough methods to develop large-scale advanced solar arrays and related deployment mechanisms.
These sophisticated solar array systems will considerably minimize stowed volume and weight when compared to existing systems. They will also meaningfully enhance functionality and efficiency of future systems, which will generate power in hundreds of kilowatts. They find use in communications satellites, future NASA human exploration and science missions and other future spacecraft applications...