ELSA-CS solar panel (Credit: German Orbital Systems)
BERLIN, May 16, 2018 (German Orbital Systems PR) — German Orbital Systems and Space Structures join their efforts to develop, design, build and fly the most advanced solar panel for CubeSat-class small satellites on the market. The project entitled “ELSA-CS” is backed by “Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)”.
“We believe that our new panel will enlarge the area of applications for CubeSats. Currently, the available platform power limits the use cases. Certain enabling technologies, such as electric propulsion require powerful platforms to be used effectively. In addition, while the volume and mass of typical satellite components constantly gets smaller, their power demand does not scale with the same factor. To enable further miniaturization, future CubeSats must generate more power at same or smaller form factors.”, says CEO of German Orbital Systems, Walter Ballheimer.
The “ELSA-CS” solar panel makes use of a modular architecture, allowing reconfiguring it for various missions, ensuring its versatility and easy customization to customer’s requirements. In the planned maximum configuration, the array will be deployed six times. Stowed, it will be thin enough to fit into a typical CubeSat deployer and generate up to 125 W at BOL in LEO. “This is ...