(6 Might 2021 – Redwire) Redwire introduced immediately that it has efficiently delivered the primary pair of Worldwide House Station Roll-Out Photo voltaic Arrays (iROSA) to Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor for area station operations.
The supply follows acceptance testing comprised of a number of ambient practical deployments, vibration, and cold and warm temperature deployments. The photo voltaic arrays are at present present process flight package deal integration and are slated to launch on SpaceX’s 22nd business resupply mission to the Worldwide House Station (ISS).
Redwire is below contract by Boeing to supply iROSA photo voltaic arrays for ISS. Redwire is liable for the design, evaluation, manufacture, check, and supply of six new photo voltaic arrays that may increase energy to the ISS. Utilizing upgraded photo voltaic cells from Boeing’s Spectrolab, every iROSA photo voltaic array is likely one of the strongest photo voltaic arrays ever manufactured and can present greater than 20 kilowatts of energy. Mixed, the six new arrays will produce greater than 120 kilowatts, considerably enhancing the general power-generating functionality of the ISS by 20 to 30 %.
“Redwire is proud to accomplice with Boeing to supply crucial infrastructure to help human spaceflight in low Earth orbit,” stated Andrew Rush, President and COO of Redwire. “The enabling iROSA expertise will present a vital energy increase to help essential work being accomplished on station, from exploration expertise demonstrations to business exercise.”
“These modern photo voltaic arrays can be added to the ISS at an essential time because the crews proceed to check crucial applied sciences for deep-space exploration and to drive analysis that’s enhancing life on Earth,” stated John Mulholland, VP and ISS program supervisor for Boeing.
The Roll-Out Photo voltaic Array (ROSA) is an modern, ultra-lightweight, compact, modular and scalable photo voltaic array construction system developed by Redwire subsidiary Deployable House Programs (DSS). For greater than a decade, DSS has been growing superior photo voltaic array expertise to supply enabling efficiency and affordability for a lot of mission functions. ROSA expertise was efficiently demonstrated on ISS in June 2017.
“We’re proud to help this extraordinary mission and maintain humanity’s solely orbiting outpost with award-winning ROSA expertise,” stated Brian Spence, President of DSS. “ROSA is a first-of-its-kind photo voltaic array system that delivers the very best high quality, most inexpensive, and highest efficiency photo voltaic array construction answer obtainable for a variety of mission functions.”
Varied modular variations of ROSA are additionally being produced for NASA’s DART Mission, Maxar’s Energy and Propulsion Aspect for NASA’s Gateway program, the Ovzon three GEO spacecraft for Maxar’s Legion-class satellites, and lots of different proprietary, civilian, and business functions.
Redwire is a brand new chief in mission crucial area options and excessive reliability parts for the following era area economic system. With a long time of flight heritage mixed with the agile and modern tradition of a business area platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to help its prospects in fixing the complicated challenges of future area missions.